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Million Cities of India: Growth Dynamics, Internal Structure, Quality of Life and Planning Perspectives (In 2 Volumes)

R.P. Misra (Editor) Kamlesh Misra (Editor)
Synopsis India is almost one third urban and will become two thirds so before 2050. It appears that the agricultural civilization and the rural life that went with it is approaching its end. Urbanization is a dominant socio-spatial force in developing countries like India. It pulls the rich and poor alike; offers hope, even if illusive, a chance for liberation and a new beginning. The costs are enormous, as it tears man from his roots and shears him of his sense of belonging. Only a few among the millions who today drift to the large cities make a grade. Others land in slums and squatter settlements and become urban peasants. Our cities grow but the citizens decay at least half of them. Why does it happen? The Million Cities of India: Growth Dynamics, Internal Structure, Quality of life and Planning Perspectives (in two volumes) offers possible and plausible answers. Apart from chapters on each of the twenty three million plus cities of India, the book goes into the history of urbanization in India from pre-historic times and proves that the Indian cultural realm contained the largest number of major cities of the world until about 1000 A.D. So the recent upsurge of urbanization is in line with the urban potential of this country. The book finally offers a futuristic urban policy to bring India's slum infested and ecologically degraded cities on the one hand and the poverty stricken half a million villages on the other together to usher in a system of decentralized cities and micropolisized tiny villages to constitute a new Rurban Civilization wherein man's relations with nature and his own fellow beings are humane and sustainable. Contributors to the volumes constitute a select group of renowned urban planners, urban geographers, urban economists, demographers and urban administrators. The book is a must for urban managers, administrators, urban policy makers and students in the fields of Urban and Regional Planning, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Human Ecology, Political Science, Public Administration, Demography, Sociology, Anthropology and Local government. Above all it is addressed to all those people who live and wish to live in our cities--particularly the large cities.
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About the authors

R.P. Misra

Prof. R.P. Misra, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Allahabad and Chief Technical advisor of the united Nations, is a well-known development planner and Gandhian scholar. He founded the Institute of Development Studies, University of Mysore in 1971 and remained its director until 1979. he was the vice-director of the UN Centre for Regional Development, Japan (1979-84). Most recently (2002-04), he was Mahatma Gandhi National Fellow of Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, Nnew Delhi. He began his academic life as a social geographer; then he moved to the field of Development Planning and finally arrived at Gandhian studies. Editor of Anasakti Daarshan, an international journal of non-violence-in-action. He has authored and edited over fifty seminal books.

Kamlesh Misra

Dr. Kamlesh Misra graduated with Masters degree in Economics from Allahabad University. After completing his Ph.D. from Northeastern University, he taught there as lecturer until 1990. He did his advanced training in financial management of regional and local governments from HID, Harvard University. He served as Economist at Pittsburgh University until 1994. He was HDFC Associate Professor at the NIPFP. He served as the Director of IILM, New Delhi from 1996 to March 2000. Currently, he is Director of IIMT, Gurgaon. Strategic Management, Management of Government Finances, Economic Restructuring and Economics of Industry are the areas of his special interest. Dr. Misra is author/editor of three books and has written over 30 papers in refereed journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Million Cities of India: Growth Dynamics, Internal Structure, Quality of Life and Planning Perspectives (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190097504
length xiv+426p., xiv+427-796p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Index.