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Monthly Archives: April 2005

The Hidden History of Hutatma Chowk


(unpublished, originally written to accompany the essay Should Mumbai be a City State?) Heritage architects have complained for years that the Soviet-style concrete statue next to the Flora Fountain ruins the visual sweep of the Fort’s colonial facades and streetscape. But did you ever wonder what this monument is supposed to commemorate? Fifty years ago [...]

Should Mumbai be a City State?


There are several arguments routinely invoked about making Mumbai into a City State. They go something like this — for most of its modern history, Bombay was an island off the coast of India, a cosmopolitan port city with enterprising migrants and bustling industry and commerce — symbolic of India’s engagement with the world, rather [...]