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ItemDeprivations and conflicts in street vending in Guwahati(Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2016) Mishra, Aseem; Mahadevia, Darshini; Joseph, Yogi; Das, ArupStreet vending plays a vital role in providing livelihoods to a large underprivileged section of society, but its contribution is not accepted by city authorities or urban planning agencies. Vending on streets and open spaces is illegal in the city’s Master Plan or Local Area Plan as it does not conform to land use provisions. For city administrators, any land use in violation of the statutory plan demands eviction. “Ordinary” deprivations such as lack of basic services contribute to structural violence. Conditions for exploitation and extortion are created, which provoke harassment and conflict between lessees and vendors. New policy recommendations are suggested. ItemDeprivations and conflicts in street vending in Guwahati [Assamese version](Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2016) Mishra, Aseem; Mahadevia, Darshini; Joseph, Yogi; Das, Arup ItemEcology vs Housing and the Land Rights Movement in Guwahati(Economic & Political Weekly, 2017-02) Mahadevia, Darshini; Mishra, Aseem; Joseph, YogiSelective state interventions to mitigate natural disasters such as floods, the compulsions under which the urban poor inhabit ecologically marginal lands and in the case of Guwahati, the “encroachments” on wetlands and hills, have set the stage for conflict about housing rights, especially for those without legal land tenure. The “encroachments” of the poor are delegitimised and they become victims of eviction drives while encroachments by the state and the middle- and high-income classes on ecologically vulnerable areas are legitimised. In Guwahati, this has led to a cycle of violence and counter-violence. This paper sets this sequence of events against the historically contested land rights issue in a city with limited habitable land due to its natural ecology. ItemHill settlements : deprivations as conflict and conflicts due to deprivations(Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2015) Mishra, Aseem; Mahadevia, Darshini; Joseph, Yogi; Das, ArupHill dwellers were found to be suffering from multiple deprivations, which made them bitter towards the state government, and caused conflicts among themselves. Guwahati is a city of wetlands and hills, bound on the north by the Brahmaputra River and in the south by the Khasi-Garo hills. As a result, geographical constraints apply to availability of land for the city to expand naturally. The hills on the city’s periphery have housed largely low-income households who have moved there to find land to construct ownership housing. Deprivation, by definition, is structural violence. Water shortages result in extreme hardship for women. ItemHill settlements : deprivations as conflict and conflicts due to deprivations [Assamese version](Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2015) Mishra, Aseem; Mahadevia, Darshini; Joseph, Yogi; Das, Arup ItemHill settlements : the land rights movement(Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2016) Mishra, Aseem; Mahadevia, Darshini; Joseph, Yogi; Das, ArupA massive eviction drive was carried out post-election (2011) in Guwahati, where tribal people continue to be divested of their customary right to forest areas for habitation, and other communities are pushed by natural disasters to migrate towards these reserved forests. Exclusionary urban planning and governance leads to different types of violence on the poor, and by the poor. This policy brief tracks how various ecological, geographical and political factors relate to land tenure and lack of basic housing, with recommendations about how to extend land rights to dwellers in ecologically vulnerable settlements. ItemHill settlements : the land rights movement [Assamese version] ItemStreet vending in Guwahati : experiences of conflict(CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, 2016-02) Mahadevia, Darshini; Mishra, Aseem; Joseph, Yogi; Das, ArupIn the informal marketplaces of street vendors in Guwahati, urban governance and planning face a particular set of challenges. Researchers in this study find that the state has often withdrawn from the management of these communities, leading to cycles of conflict and deprivation. The study focuses on the markets of Ulubari and Beltola in Guwahati, which are populated with migrants from the rural surroundings who have been unable to integrate into the country’s formal economies. Researchers study both the nature of the conflicts and deprivation in these communities, as well as some of the strategies community organizations utilize to mitigate them in place of the state. ItemWomen's safety and transport(Centre for Urban Equity (CUE), CEPT University, Ahmedabad, IN, 2014) Mahadevia, Darshini; Mishra, Aseem; Hazarika, Anurita; Joseph, Yogi; Borah, TinamPervasive fear of sexual harassment/assault among Indian women not only restricts their mobility, but also places constraints on their ability to make choices. Women are susceptible to harassment everywhere, but especially while walking, cycling or using public/intermediate public transport. This research focuses on safety of low-income women and female students in the city of Guwahati. Urban design and planning can help ensure the creation of public spaces that prevent or at least present lesser opportunities for violence against women. Simple interventions such as well-designed, well-lit streets and wide footpaths protect women from both traffic and physical harassment.