Fahad Zuberi is an independent scholar and researcher of Architecture and City Studies
Instead of nationalising an event of trauma and freezing it in the frame of time as a day, a memorial or a series of memorials rooted in the context of their time and space are what we need to not forget the trauma of Partition and remember it humanely
Fahad Zuberi writes: The Delhi Master Plan, 2041 – traditionally illiberal enough – has been made more authoritarian, superciliously detached, and imposed on the people of Delhi by the GNCTD Act
Socio-political rhetoric creates polarised cities through legislation and polarised segregated cities further contribute towards divisive politics
Between the lawns of Rajpath and the barricaded borders of Delhi today, we see the city becoming increasingly hostile to dissent. The state wants to keep the protestors out and the general public accepts the rhetoric of disruption with ease.
A toxic and vulgar obsession towards history drives these futile attempts at reaching the “original” — as if, the history that these structures imbibe in themselves can be rewritten and erased by offering namaz or by laying the foundation stone of a temple