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5 - Of Flyovers and Muslim Mohallas: Mapping the Political Horizons of Bombay

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Magnolia, Lower Ground Floor

The fall of the domes of the Babri Masjid triggered sparked communal violence between Hindus and Muslim, the likes of which had not been seen since the partition of the country (Mufti; 2007). Riots broke out in many cities and the most intensive violence was reported from the financial capital city of Bombay. The riots in Bombay started on 7th December 1992, and within a month they had set out a systematic itinerary through Muslim Mohallas of Dongri, Bhendi Bazaar, Nagpada, and Mahim, stretching out to include new Muslim settlements of Dharavi, and Govandi (Hansen; 2001). The ‘Muslim Mohallas’ were now not only marked in their spatial and social horizons as ‘problem areas’, they continued afterward, to represent distinct semiotic, architectural and ethical horizons to the city of Bombay.

My fieldwork undertaken in one such Muslim Mohalla of Bombay, explores how the construction of a ‘flyover’ provided new political and bureaucratic horizons to an already stigmatized area of the city. Built nearly ten years later the JJ flyover, at the time was the longest flyover of the city, and generated both a vertical and horizontal sovereignty (Weizman; 2007) towards the neighborhood. The start and finish of the flyover also drew a new spatial topography of difference between the colonial town, located at its south end and the ‘native town’ now located under it. The contrast to the colonial city was re-calibrated through a swift bureaucratic decision classifying the Mohammad Ali road area, as the ‘under the flyover’. 

Sarover Zaidi

O.P. Jindal Global University, India

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