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Biometric Marginality UID and the Shaping of Homeless Identities in the City
policy and study the ways it is made available to people in their everyday life. In 2009, the Indian government adopted biometric registration (Unique Identifi cation Number, UID) as a magic bulletExpand
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Making the Global City: Urban Citizenship at the Margins of Delhi
  • U. Rao
  • Sociology
  • 1 December 2010
There is a growing scholarly interest in the spatialisation of class relations in post-industrial cities. Gentrified suburbs exclude the poor and re-work notions of public property and urbanExpand
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Neoliberalism and the rewriting of the Indian leader
  • U. Rao
  • Sociology
  • 1 November 2010
In this article, I discuss recent changes in Indian leadership images. In a commercialized press, political journalists have adopted new writing styles that turn former political heroes intoExpand
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Population Meets Database: Aligning Personal, Documentary and Digital Identity in Aadhaar-Enabled India
  • U. Rao
  • Computer Science
  • 4 May 2019
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This article traces the processes of making identities in digital India and shows that Aadhaar-related procedures are productive of identity as a socially mediated process of creating or denying the condition for belonging. Expand
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The way to communal harmony
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Embedded/embedding media practices and cultural production
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Subverting ID from Above and Below: The Uncertain Shaping of India's New Instrument of E-Governance
This article traces the contours of a new biometric project in India that aims to develop a universal biometric database for the unique identification of India’s residents (UID, The Indian UniqueExpand
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Aadhaar: Governing with Biometrics
Aadhaar means ‘foundation’ or ‘support’ in several Indian languages. Utter the word ‘aadhaar’ anywhere across the length and breadth of India today, and you will most certainly evoke India’s nationalExpand
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