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Annual Chair Lecture: New Directions in the Study of Ahmedabad

Annual Chair Lecture: New Directions in the Study of Ahmedabad
January 07, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Assembly Hall, New Building, HL Campus Lectures Series

The second Shrenik Lalbhai Annual Chair Lecture on ”New Directions in the study of Ahmedabad" by Prof. Howard Spodek, Shrenik Lalbhai Chair Professor of Management of Social Organisations was held at Assembly Hall, Amrut Mody School of Management (New Building). In his lecture, Prof. Spodek discussed various aspects of Ahmedabad which have changed over the course of his study. He read out excerpts from the books of Amruta Shah and Esther David to illustrate how Ahmedabad has influenced its inhabitants and vice-versa. He showed some parts of his film, which is about the people who were displaced because of the Sabarmati Riverfront project. Prof. Spodek described how and why these people were evicted and also discussed whether their lives had changed for better or worse. He stressed on the fact that all concerned parties should be brought to the discussion table, irrespective of their backgrounds. Later on during the talk, Prof. Spodek categorised Ahmedabad as a neo-liberal economy and by comparing it with Los Angeles he explained why it has become so. On the other hand, he also discussed he Internally Displaced People (of Riverfront), who face a similar situation like the international refugees of Syria. Towards the end of the talk, Prof. Spodek concluded on the note that of all the things that have been done ‘for’ and ‘to’ the people of Ahmedabad, communication has always been a problem.

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