Puzzling reconfigurations: Recycling imperial urban legacies in China and India

“As China and India rise towards global pre-eminence, their great conurbations are becoming altogether less neurotic about their imperial pasts. Indeed, this legacy has become something of an asset.”…with global power shifting from west to east, countries such as India and China have a ready-made imperial fabric. Indeed, we now have the irony of Liverpool announcing its intentions to develop a Shanghai-style Pudong district – without perhaps realising that Shanghai’s nearby Bund was itself an imitation of Merseyside’s waterfront.”

“All the agencies have come together to convert Calcutta into another London,” Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, announced this week. There is to be a Calcutta Eye, modelled on London’s South Bank ferris wheel; the redevelopment of Alipore Zoo along the lines of London Zoo; and a redesign of Curzon Park as a Hooghly version of Hyde Park.”

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