4. “One-Man Handled”

Fragmented Power and Political Entrepreneurship in Globalizing Mumbai

  1. Gavin Shatkin
  1. Liza Weinstein

Published Online: 16 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295823.ch4

Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local

Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local

How to Cite

Weinstein, L. (2013) “One-Man Handled”, in Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local (ed G. Shatkin), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295823.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444367041

Online ISBN: 9781118295823

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Keywords:

  • Dharavi redevelopment project (DRP);
  • fragmented power;
  • Mukesh Mehta;
  • Mumbai;
  • political entrepreneurship

Summary

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of Mumbai's development bureaucracies and emerging institutional configurations, followed by a detailed description of the planning process for the Dharavi redevelopment project (DRP). It details the means by which Mehta promoted Dharavi's redevelopment and, in doing so, assumed significant influence over the state's urban planning agenda. Meanwhile, despite Mehta's efforts to shield the DRP from political debates and public scrutiny, opposition emerged. Although it has failed to entirely subvert the project, this opposition exposes the narrowness of its political support and the fractured nature of power in Mumbai, within both government and civil society. Offering a window into the typical black box of development planning in urban India, the chapter concludes that, while political entrepreneurship is necessary, it may not be sufficient to facilitate development planning amid these institutional fragmentations and political contestations.