Peripheralised / Tadipar traces the violent processes of peripheralisation — displacement, organised abandonment and disposability — that are bound up in Mumbai’s development. Illustrating both historical and ongoing processes of peripheralisation, it aims to provoke reflection on the mechanisms that create tadipar, the consequences of banishing certain social groups, ecologies and ways of being from the city, and the counter-narratives that ‘see from Nala Sopara’. The work thus abandons simple dualities of centre-periphery, choosing to focus on the relations and mobilities that connect places.

Displacement + Disposability + Organised abandonment = Peripheralised

These 3 processes of peripheralisation reinforce each other.


Occurs in the name of environmental protection, due to mill closure and deindustrialization, and through redevelopment processes. These 3 forms of displacement use different arguments but all serve to dislocate and push people out, rupturing the habitats and support systems that communities have laboured to build over time.



Connotes the disregard for local ecologies and poor, working class/caste, ‘migrant’ lives that render these socio-natural habitats vulnerable to being erased and/or harmed. At the root of disposability is the norm of devaluing poor lives and local ecologies that prevents us from caring about their wellbeing and promoting the fair distribution of public funds and services.


Organised abandonment

In management literature it has been coined as a way for organisations to stay ahead of their competition by regularly assessing, identifying and abandoning things that are no longer profitable to the interests of the organisation. Here, organised abandonment refers to state institutions deliberately abandoning their responsibility for providing basic public services and social goods to certain of their citizens. This frees up resources for being used in other areas the state sees as critical to the future.



Nala Sopara

Nala Sopara