We attempt to perceive the ‘Urban’ from a Dalit and Tribal perspective. Currently, mainstream ways of looking at the urban is generally top down and tends to negate the views that stems from the ‘silenced’. Grounded fundamentally on a ‘perspective from below’ and constituted by lived experience of invisible and peripheralised groups, we want to tell a new story about the ‘City’. We belief restorying the city will help us see the urban differently; not from the lived realities of the oppressor/elite but from the day-to-day lived experience of the peripheralised.
This way of seeing, thinking and conceptualizing gives rise to new epistemologies and a new way of experiencing and knowing the city. The categories, methods, values that constitute this epistemology is theorised and articulated as Ambedkar Social Work.
From this perspective we attempt to capture the ‘urban’ around domains such as livelihoods, education, health, governance, infrastructure. We envision engaging with the urban context around ethics, aesthetics, spiritualities, histories. We root ourselves in the empirics of ‘caste in the city’, ‘tribe in the city’ and ‘gender in the city’.
Our focus and thrust also includes Tribal Towns, Border Towns and New Towns.