Building Inclusive Cities: Tribal Women from North East India in Delhi


  • Tejaswita Duarah


The contemporary challenges of globalization have caused rapid urbanization of metropolitan cities, while tribal areas face major land use changes. Dynamics in socio-economic and political conditions in tribal areas has led its women to migrate to urban areas for economic stability and ensure their identity. However, densely populated urban spaces have struggled to balance its economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. With residents of the city trying to pursue a livelihood, the question of legitimacy on migrants takes towards creating more resilient cities. A migrant in the city of Delhi, such as tribal women from North East India faces the inter-sectionality of gender, ethnicity and culture. The social differences and contrasting ethnic and cultural practices in gender relations of the community forms a both physical/spatial and political challenge for them. The paper attempts to observe these challenges that a women migrant from North East India faces in the urban spaces of Delhi comprising of social, economic and political constrains. It is a process of overcoming of barriers by the tribal woman to establish herself both in the social and economic system of the city, while maintaining her own cultural identity. It further observes the process of building a more inclusive city both by the state and the society.