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The New 'Love' Story of the Taj Mahal

Home to a legacy from history, Agra boasts of a number of historical monuments. This paper focuses on the urban planning implications and socio-spatial consequences of heritage tourism in Agra. Tim Edensor's categorisation of tourist space as "enclavic" or "heterogeneous," Aihwa Ong's zones of exception and the concept of "elite capture" provide the key conceptual frames that inform the study. The paper argues that global heritage tourism has reconfigured everyday life and the spatial geography of Agra, often deepening urban inequalities. The most affected by these new developments are the poor communities living in and around the Taj Mahal for centuries, who find themselves alienated as their world is taken over by the juggernaut of heritage tourism.

The Numbers Game: Revisiting the 'Malthusian' Legacy

Oxford Handbook of Population and Development edited by A K Shiva Kumar, Pradeep Panda, Rajani R Ved (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2010; pp xv + 240, Rs 795.

The Magic Mountain Revisited: History of the Madanapalle TB Sanatorium

The sanatorium was central to tuberculosis treatment in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The long-drawn nature of treatment and the highly infectious nature of the disease made the sanatorium regimen effective and popular before antibiotics entered the scene. The sanatorium was not just a hospital, it was a social world - isolated from the rest of society it created its own definition of "community". Now it has faded from public memory. This paper revisits the sanatorium in an effort to uncover and construct the social history of tb in India. The Union Mission Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, provides the site for this historical enquiry.

New Economic Policy: Implications for Water

With the new economic policy new priorities are emerging in agriculture, industry and urbanisation that will bring changes in both water availability and use. Water has always been a common property resource, which if now privatised or even considered as an economic good will give rise to new kinds of tensions.

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