COVID-19: Rethinking Urban Design and Law Enforcement in India

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has exposed several fault lines in the urban design frameworks and law enforcement mechanisms of cities and other townships in India. The Epidemic Diseases Act has enabled a brutal lockdown by law enforcement authorities across states even as social distancing has remained elusive in urban townships due to the inherent design flaws exacerbated by the population density. Dr. Shiben Banerji, Professor of Art History and Urban Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, explores these themes in a conversation with Taarush Kishore Jain. He also shares his sentiments on the mass communication campaigns by the Indian Prime Minister during the lockdown and suggests modifications to the Centre-State relationship in India.

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