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Dinesh Kataria

PhD Candidate in Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Fox International Fellow 2017-2018, Yale University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Foreign Policy & Security
  • Public Health

About Dinesh

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.


"Moving Frontiers: Delhi's Hinterland in 1870's - 1910's" Asian Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies 3, no. 7 (2015): 57-66.

Explores the ways in which Shahjahanbad/Old Delhi and its rural periphery approached each other.

"Improve or Profit?: British Intervention in Old Delhi City, 1911-35" International Journal of Applied Research 1, no. 7 (2015): 312-318.

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.