Understanding Ethnic Identities in Urban Spaces in India
Although theorization on such lines have been done primarily in America and Europe, the same is very relevant in the Indian context as well. The concept of ghettos, particularly, is widely prevalent in India. What however makes it different from the western discourse is the presence of class as well as caste dynamics in the formation and sustanence of ghettos in urban areas in India. A comparison of racism and casteism has always been of interest to scholars and thus, not surprisingly, a feature directly related to this phenomenon finds its existence in India with the prevalence of Dalit ghettos. What makes the current discourse even more interesting is that living in ghettos in India is not restricted to the lower castes only. Such urban spaces which are basically formed as a result of unequal attitude of the larger society also cater to religious and regional minorities as well. Another entrant into the concept of such ghettos includes the ones formed due to coming of various refugees.