Published by The Sarai Programme, CSDS 
EPW November 25, 2006
EPW Commentary, April 8. 2006
EPW Commentary, February 25, 2006
Sarai Reader 05: Bare Acts
EPW Commentary, November 19, 2005
Sarai Reader 03: Shaping Technologies
Sarai Reader 02: The Cities of Everyday Life
If the ‘south’ and particularly their cities experience much higher growth rates than those in the ‘north’, has Int. capital reconstituted itself to invest and gain from these locations? Since real estate in cities of the South and retail provides one of the highest returns, how is land and its connected institutions sought to be framed to facilitate such extraction?
Existing literatures critique the notion of 'civil society' as conceptually fuzzy. Yet, it persists in the public imagination. Not only that, the 'New Civil Society' of the elite in Bangalore are organized in much more complicated ways, are proactive in policy formulation, and pressing for new laws to be constituted to give that political space. This paper, in exploring its persistence as a concept, makes two inter-related arguments. First, that present day constructions of the 'New Civil Society' are an essential instrument in the process of corporate led globalisation within Indian metros. Here, the construction of the 'New Civil Society', as seen in Bangalore is seen as a role model for other Metros provides a vivid illustration of this argument. My second argument revolves around the imaginary of the 'Hydra'. Nebulous and yet highly material, this is threatening to a variety of groups who find value in moving cities like Bangalore towards a globalized ideal. The threat comes from not from a politics of direct confrontation, or 'protesting empowered workers' but rather from a politics that is stealth like, of subversion, and that which erodes.