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South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This presentation will explore migrant workers’ experiences, aspirations, and world-views in Delhi, drawing on fieldwork among metal workers in the Okhla Industrial Area.  The presentation invokes the image of the chakravyuh (lotus maze), a labyrinthine military formation arising in the Mahabharata, to understand workers’ entanglements in the factory, neighborhood, and family, and growing attachments in the city.

Cosponsored by the Department of South Asian Studies