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Delhi:The Mughal Metropolis is Becoming a Lost City?

Founded as ‘Shahjahanabad’ by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 as a planned city , it remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the dynasty. It was and is a true metropolis.Today, it is home to the … Continue reading

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Social Disorganization Leads to Urban Crime?

The research on urban crime is generally of two types. There are studies that compare cities, seeking to understand why some have higher crime rates than others. And there are studies that focus on explaining variations in crime levels within … Continue reading

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The Great Caste Divide in Urban India

Proclaiming the Indian village to be a ‘sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness and communalism’, the economist-turned-lawyer and the architect of the Indian constitution, B.R. Ambedkar famously exhorted Dalits to move away from villages practicing residential segregation to … Continue reading

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Evolution of Animals and Plants is Happening in Cities Also

Most naturalists regard cities anti-nature—sterile wastelands of concrete and steel. But evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of Darwin Comes to Town, takes the opposite view: Urban environments are in fact “powerhouses of evolution,” where animals as diverse as blackbirds and bobcats are adapting to … Continue reading

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