11 March 2022

Blaming ghosts of the past not productive in protecting Bengaluru lakes

The latest IPCC report cites work on postcolonial urban trajectories in Bengaluru, India conducted by UI researchers Vanesa Castan Broto and Hita Unnikrishnan.

Irakasandra Lake Bangalore India
Aerial view of Irakasandra Lake, very close to Devarayanadurga - some 70 Kms from Bangalore, India

In this context, Hita was approached by The Indian Express, a leading Indian national daily to talk about her work. She describes her work on the precolonial and colonial trajectories of urban lake development in Bengaluru, with the caveat that the past does not serve as a model for the future but much rather as a glimpse into consequences of actions taken in the past. The article also touches upon directions that urban lake governance in Bengaluru can progress towards particularly from the perspectives of equity and sustainability. 

Her interview may be accessed at: 


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