Final Colloquium by Ms. Ankita Rathi on 'Transition from Village to Town: A Study of Two Settlements in Punjab'
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus
Title: Transition from Village to Town: A Study of Two Settlements in Punjab
Candidate: Ms. Ankita Rathi
Advisor: Prof. Narendar Pani
Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS
Recent trends and studies on Indian urbanisation reveal emerging forms and geographies of urban beyond the metropolis; into the rural, small and medium towns. They illustrate a critical process of rural to urban transition occurring in the country. It involves a simultaneous process of few settlements becoming urban and some others remaining rural. The thesis, using the case study of two settlements Patran and Dhur in Punjab investigates why some villages transform to become small towns with few others remaining rural. It also explains why the small town, currently recognised as the “new centres of economic growth” does not grow into a larger agglomeration and gradually its growth tapers off. These case studies are seen in the context of a wider literature that has identified two major approaches to understand the contemporary process of urbanisation. In the first approach, it is the global capital that is seen as the major driver of urbanisation. In the second one, it is the big urban agglomeration that is assumed to transform the peripheral towns and villages. Both these approaches remain disconnected with the role of rural agrarian processes and the changes occurring within it. This thesis exemplifies the role localised agrarian communities and their agro commercial capital play in the differential transformation of the two settlements. The case studies show that agrarian transition and urbanisation are mutually correlated processes with the two coproducing each other.
All are invited to attend