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Networks & Neighborhood: Phase II

Field Log 25 May 2015


Satender Tiwari

The newer part of Khirkee Village behind the wall with Buddha graffiti has multistory buildings and one or two of them are very old and maintained very well. After walking a while along a narrow and uneven path I came to a historical monument barricaded off from the surrounding cluster of multistory buildings. There is a notice board on the barricade at the entry in which Archaeological Survey of India written that “this is a protected monument and has been declared to be of national ancient monument and archaeological site and remains Act, 1958 (24 of 1958).

A large number of families from the Chauhan clan live here and own properties. Shops are clustered at the entrance of the locality but rarely found within the residential lanes. There are no commercial establishments or workshops. Many accommodations here are given on rent to migrants but there was no one visible on the street, perhaps due to the heat. There were no thelawalas (street vendors) either, maybe as it is difficult to navigate the narrow lanes with a loaded cart. The Chauhans are very informed about what is happening in their locality and in general control the neighbourhood according to their own need for safety. It was much easier to walk here as compared to the other part of Khirkee which is densely populated, the roads crowded with people and carts, the market with its many food shops and places to hang out. People from the newer part of Khirkee come here to shop.