IDRC-TTI Workshop on ‘Rural Urban Transformation in India: Uneasy Neighbours?’

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Satyendra Nath Mishra

School of Rural Management, XIM University (Formerly XIMB)

Date Written: August 2013


The issue of rural-urban interactions is being increasingly recognised as central to the processes of social, economic, and cultural change in cities and the countryside. Populations and activities that were described either as rural or urban are now more closely linked both across space and sectors than is usually realised and distinctions are becoming arbitrary. This is due to the result of growth in the Indian economy along with the declining significance of the farm sector on one hand and growth in the non-farm sector on the other. Linkages between urban centres and the countryside, including movement of people, goods, capital and other social transactions, are becoming much more important in processes of rural and urban changes than before. Rapid growth in the urban population, migration, and the transformation of human settlements that India is currently witnessing, represent the fundamental changes in the structure of Indian society and are key issues of concern for both academicians and policy makers in the 21st century. It produces new challenges in virtually every aspect of human organisation. It demands a new look at urban planning strategies, infrastructure, and sustainability of natural resources, housing, health care, employment and welfare needs. At the same time this surge in urbanisation is changing the social fabric of society, forcing a rethinking of the relationship between national, state and local governments.

It is in this context that IRMA and PAC jointly organised a two-day interdisciplinary workshop on the changing dynamics of the rural-urban relationship in India by reflecting on the nature, pace and trajectory of changes, and its implication for both rural and urban spaces. The workshop brought together academicians, policy makers, and practitioners to explore the possible pathways not only for a better understanding of issues but also to explore the way forward for both urban and rural development.

Keywords: rural-urban, transformation, IRMA, PAC

Suggested Citation

Mishra, Satyendra Nath, IDRC-TTI Workshop on ‘Rural Urban Transformation in India: Uneasy Neighbours?’ (August 2013). Available at SSRN:

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