Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

So far from smart: Missing from India’s Smart Cities plan — citizen participation

December 8, 2015 The Times of India

Ashutosh Varshney and Patrick Heller discuss Modi's newly announced urban plan entitled Smart Cities in the India Times, "Perhaps the most telling evidence of the importance of participation comes from the experience of the poor and less educated in Bangalore. We found that although participation rates overall are low, the poor who do participate get a better quality of life in terms of access to basic infrastructure and services than those who do not participate."

"So far from smart: Missing from India’s Smart Cities plan — citizen participation" by Ashutosh Varshney, Patrick Heller, Alia Dharssi and Vivek Anandan Nair - The India Times