The study of the Textile Mill neighbourhood of Mumbai offers a window to the political, cultural and economic landscape of Mumbai. Girangaon is a unique example of organically evolved mixed use development. The balance between the livelihoods, housing, environment, social and cultural institutions, active political participation, all imparted a vibrant character to this working class district. The last two decades have seen the decline and closure of the textile mills.
Geographically clustered in the heart of the island city, the 58 textile mills occupying 600 acres and the surrounding working class neighborhood offered an ideal site to realize the idea of the ‘World Class’ city soon after the Government of India changed its economic policy to usher in globalization.
The presentation will highlight a vibrant phase of the struggle waged jointly by the mill workers along with the various civil society organizations of Mumbai to arrest the conversion of the industrial centre to the one framed by the real estate capital with new forms of politics, new claims and new modes of contestations.
Date: Saturday January 28
Time: 4-5.30 pm
Venue: Open Space, B 301, Kanchanjunga Building, Kanchan Lane, Off Law College Rd.