By Anuradha Banerjee
The author is Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
In general parlance, the process of becoming urban refers to the concentration of a territory’s population in towns and cities and involves the growth of urban population in respect to total population. The paper offers glimpses of the new findings offered by the Census 2011 and highlights some of the significant changes that India is undergoing.
Urbanisation is a process rather than a measure that draws strands from several interrelated social sciences. Technically it can be defined as increments to urban population as a percentage to total population. Urban growth, however, refers to the increase in urban population itself. Presently, urbanisation is being guided by contemporary globalisation, and ‘global cities’ perform global control functions over a chain of other cities in the global urban hierarchic system. Urbanisation in India started with dawn of civilisation in its...