Dinesh Kataria’s research focuses on the urban planning discourse in post-colonial India to present. His work looks at multiple, contesting imaginations of post-colonial city — a site of ‘patriotic’ production, a refuge/home for expression of modern nation, a place of residence — in Nehruvian period.
Aims to highlight the dilemmas that the colonial state encountered and took in to account, beyond merely the aesthetic considerations, in shaping the urban landscape of Delhi city. Shows how colonial state's concern for profit contributed much more than the aesthetic imperatives in shaping the urban landscape of Delhi city as it grew westward.
Explores the ways in which Shahjahanbad/Old Delhi and its rural periphery approached each other.