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18:00 Category: LSS - Public event (not at Secular Hall)[18:30] LSS: Martin Webb - digital exclusion and COVID-19 in Delhi
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ZOOM TALK - Martin Webb: Jaankaar (Knowledgeable): digital exclusion, community advocacy and COVID-19 in an East Delhi resettlement colony The COVID-19 lockdown imposed in Delhi on March the 23rd greatly magnified the existing conditions of precarity and marginalisation in low income neighbourhoods in the city. Many people dependent on daily wages lost their livelihoods overnight and struggled to access emergency government welfare systems when these were implemented. In this talk Martin will focus on Trilokpuri, a former resettlement colony in East Delhi. Trilokpuri is the site of a collaborative research project titled 'Jaankaar' (Hindi for 'knowledgeable') involving social science researchers and local community advocates. He will explore some of the troubled history of Trilokpuri and learn about the efforts of community advocates in the neighbourhood to help people to gain access to government welfare schemes and access their rights as citizens of Delhi, and India. We will also see how government efforts to streamline the provision of social protection schemes by shifting access and application processes online causes further problems for those who already struggle with bureaucracy. Dr Martin Webb is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London You can read more about the project at this link: https://www.gold.ac.uk/anthropology/research/staff/jaankaar-knowledgeable/ UPDATE: Martin, who gave a very interesting talk last Sunday has sent us the references he promised. You can read more about the project at this link: https://www.gold.ac.uk/anthropology/research/staff/jaankaar-knowledgeable/ The book he suggested about the Emergency era slum demolitions in Delhi and the connection between sterilization programmes and resettlement is: Tarlo, Emma. 2003. Unsettling Memories: Narratives of India’s “Emergency. Some of the issues are also covered in: Rohinton Mistry A Fine Balance He also recommends the film Hindi Medium for an insight into the anxieties of middle class parents trying to get their children into a "good" school. ------------------- Join Leicester Secular Society Zoom Meeting You are welcome to participate for free, but will need the joining information in our weekly email. Sign up at http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/register/?p=subscribe&id=1 Or email contact@Lsec.org.uk for login details.

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