Jun 2022

Vidhi Book Adda: Discussion on the book ‘Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi’

Friday, 24 Jun 2022, 6:00 pm-Friday, 24 Jun 2022, 7:00 pm

Join Vidhi for its ninth Book Adda on the book ‘Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi’ edited by Neelanjan Sircar in conversation with Richa Bansal, Head of Communications, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

About the Book

The National Capital Region of Delhi is a diverse and unequal space. Its more than 30 million people are sharply differentiated by economic class, religion and caste, education, language, and migration status. Its 45,000 square kilometres is a tapestry of spaces – ghettoes, slums, enclaves, institutional areas, planned and unplanned and authorized and unauthorized colonies, forests and agricultural fields. In some ways it is a dynamic society aspiring to global city grandeur; in other ways it is a bastion of tradition, sectarianism and hierarchy.

Colossus details these realities and paradoxes under three themes: social change, community and state, and inequality. From the material condition of the metropolis – its housing, services, crime and pollution – to its social organization – of who marries whom, who eats with whom, and who votes for whom – this book unpacks the complex reality of a metropolitan region that is emblematic of India’s aspirations and contradictions.


  • NEELANJAN SIRCAR, Editor of ‘Colossus: The Anatomy of Delhi’ published by Cambridge University Press, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research  
  • RICHA BANSAL, Head of Communications, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, will be in conversation with the editor.

This event will be held at 6:00 PM on 24 June, 2022 at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy office premises: A-232, Ratan Lal Sahdev Marg, Block A, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024.