Aashish Khakha on Spielberg’s Schindler’s List
Author: Aashish Khakha
Aashish Khakha is a PhD research scholar with the School of Development Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. His PhD research is on the urban development of Ranchi and Shillong. He can be contacted at [email protected]
In case of New Shillong Township, the state presents the case as a possible way out for congestion, which it says is a consequence of population rise, migration and the lack of space in the city. However, the plan of the state is not oriented towards meeting these required objectives. Rather, the plan of the state is to allot the land so acquired to a class of people who work for the state such as bureaucrats, government officials and the army. This is an open violation of the Sixth Schedule provisions that aim at protecting and safeguarding the interest and welfare of the tribal people. The people are not opposed to urban development but at the manner in which it is being executed. In the case of New Shillong, there has been a severe misuse of the law and power in favour of the state and private forces and players. There is a deep divide between the state’s manner of executing urban development and the people’s aspirations and their expectations from the state.