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Trees of Delhi – Under the Axe!

Where: The Capital city of New Delhi, IndiaMarch 26, 2007: Imagine you are in a city where there are a lot of trees, large parks, open spaces, playgrounds. Slowly, the city starts filling up with more and more people. These people need houses. They need transport, to get from one place to another. They need more schools, more hospitals,...

A Problem, Naturally!

April 4: On April 1 or Fool's Day, India's capital, New Delhi, wore a deserted look. There were no public vehicles on the road. According to a Supreme Court decision passed two years ago, they were required to run on compressed natural gas or CNG, to ease the terrible pollution levels in the city.For two years, two successive Delhi...

Building a Giant Lie

February 5: The earthquake that struck Gujarat, one of India's most prosperous states, will go down as among the worst since India gained independence. Both in terms of the numbers of people killed (about 50,000 are feared dead) and the scale of destruction wrought, it has few contemporary parallels.The images of prosperity in cities such as Ahmedabad have been...

Hullo! My Name is Nershwn

He is eight years old and has already travelled a great distance from his original home, to Delhi. It was not a happy shift. What made his family leave its home was fear for the lives of its member. For, Majuli island, where they lived, is in Assam, different groups of people in Assam are fighting for what they...

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Shobhan ran to his father who was just leaving for work.‘Papa! Papa!’ he called, ‘Jeetu Chacha is my best friend next to you.’‘He is! That is fine. What has he done?’‘He just phoned to say he and I are going to Delhi for one week.’‘Well, are you telling me or asking me?’ Said Papa laughing.‘Both. You are my best...

Toilet Matters

Where: New Delhi, IndiaAugust 3, 2000 : As a kid, I had a big problem going out. I hated the thought of travel. It's not that I was a stay-at-home type. I liked visiting people, places. But travel I hated. For, in the midst of a particularly long journey, I would desperately want to go to the toilet....

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