Title: Building Monuments in a World Class City: Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary Delhi
Published on: November 15, 2017
Published in: In Uwe Skoda & Birgit Lettmann (Eds.), India and Its Visual Cultures: Community, Class and Gender in a Symbolic Landscape. Sage Publications
The chapter goes beyond the usual explanation of Hinduism of city spaces, and opens up more ways of looking at spatial politics through an exploration of two monumental structures built in Delhi – Qila Rai Pithora and 108-foot Sankatmochan Dham, a hanuman temple in Karol Bagh to understand city planning, middle-class aesthetics, popular forms of religiosity and questions of inhabitation of space.