Mumbai, like most large cities of the world, has drawn in migrants from different regions throughout its existence. At our Online Talk #MumbaiMoving, economist and historian Chinmay Tumbe looks at particular phases of migration to Mumbai, the regions that sent people to the city and the neighborhoods that attracted them. As a key node in what he calls the Great Indian Migration Wave, Mumbai has sustained these migration flows in unique ways, despite intermittent political nativism, making it India's most cosmopolitan city for several centuries. Using maps, photographs, anecdotes and the occasional chart, he not only charts out Mumbai's migration trajectory but also contrasts that with other large Indian cities to point out its distinctiveness.
About the speaker:
Chinmay Tumbe is passionate about migration, cities and history. He is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Ruia College, Mumbai, and Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, is currently a faculty member in the Economics Area at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. His first book, ‘India Moving: A History of Migration’, was published in 2018, and his second book, ‘The Age of Pandemics, 1817-1920: How they shaped India and the world’, was published in 2020.