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Delhi: 100 Years of Being the National Capital, Time Now to Save its Lifelines

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Delhi, as the National Capital of modern day India turns one hundred years old (or some would say young) today. On 12 December, 1911 the National Capital of the then colonized India was shifted by the British from Kolkata to Delhi. With this, the political focus also shifted and Delhi was re-established as the center for ruling the Indian sub-continent. This was not the first time that Delhi, which has reference dating back to 1450 BC, became a capital. Between the 12th and the 19th century AD, Delhi was the capital for many rulers. Siri, Tughlakabad, Jahanapanah, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Shergarh and Shahajahanabad are the historic 'seven cities' that took shape in Delhi. Shahajahanabad, built by Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648 AD remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until 1857. ...
Delhi Lay Buried Under the Ruins of Urban ‘Chaotic’ Planning

Delhi Lay Buried Under the Ruins of Urban ‘Chaotic’ Planning

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Hanging in air but safer than most others: a child in a village a few hundred kilometers from Delhi On the night of November 15, 2010, when most people slept, the 'world class city' of Delhi woke up to a disturbing slumber of city planning that 'buried'  the safety of its citizens. The thought of helplessness in bringing back to life those who lost their lives when an illegally constructed building in East Delhi collapsed, should call for nothing less than a change in the way we plan and build our city. It has been known for long now that Lalita Park in the Laxmi Nagar area, where the building stood, is a hub of illegal constructions. The area is located near the Yamuna riverbed and had greater chances of being weakened by the floods. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is found guilty of allo
At Agrasen Ki Baoli: Une session interactive avec les élèves!

At Agrasen Ki Baoli: Une session interactive avec les élèves!

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“Yahan par kya hai?" (Why do you want to get down here?), is how the auto rickshaw driver reacted when I asked him to drop me in the middle of the somewhat deserted Hailley Road near Connaught Place. "Baoli, a step well", I told him and he had to come out all the way up to the centuries old structure to believe me for real. Shocked and surprised at the marvelous sight amidst the concrete of CP, he returned to his auto though recovered quickly to take the entire fare that showed up on the meter! Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the eco-spots of the Delhi Greens Urban Ecotourism Project, and a lesson from Delhi's environmental history is known to have this affect on people. We chose this site for a meeting requested by over a dozen french students, for an interactive session on energy and env
Finding Delhi: A Book on Loss and Renewal in the Megacity

Finding Delhi: A Book on Loss and Renewal in the Megacity

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Edited by Bharati Chaturvedi, Penguin Books India presents to the people of Delhi--and to anyone who knows Delhi to be her/his own--Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in the Megacity. The edited volume brings together voices that offer a kaleidoscope view of the morphing, knotted city even as it is simultaneously experienced. Finding Delhi is an unprecedented chronicling of contemporary Delhi—the nature of contemporary its reinvention and the effects of this personality shift on those who experience it. It is an examination relevant to all urban spaces being re-engineered on the road to ‘world-classness’. A century after the British built New Delhi as the capital of India, it is in the middle of furious sometimes haphazard, growth in a race against time to become a ‘world-class’ city.
Health Advisory for Traveling in Delhi this CWG 2010

Health Advisory for Traveling in Delhi this CWG 2010

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Healthy body and healthy mind are the pre-requisites for a good journey Whoever said, "Prevention is always better than cure" must have had a bad experience while traveling! India is going to host its biggest sporting event ever: the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi from October 3-14 next month. Citizens from more than 85 countries will be visiting India during these  Games which will also attract tourists across the world. Delhi is still reeling under the dengue and swine flu outbreak. Here are some health precautions which participants and delegates must take while visiting India during the month of October for a better and more healthy experience. Wear appropriate clothing (long-sleeved shirts and long pants, for examples) especially when you are outdoors to avoid mosquitoe
Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

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As if it was ceremonial and a thing of pride for self and the country, Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi reportedly owned up the responsibility of the CWG mess yesterday by stating, "As the Chairman of the Organising Committee I will take all the blame. There is no issue about that." While only a few weeks back, there was 'no issue' to worry for the nation was assured it will witness 'better than Beijing' Games, that was not how Mr. Kalmadi's statement ended. Neither is it the end of the story for Mr. Kalmadi concluded it with, "But I wish that the venues were handed over to me earlier." With this, the great Indian blame game, already on for quite some time, only got more interesting for the 'spectators' who have everything from national pri...
Bridge Collapses, Lets Ensure the Games Don’t

Bridge Collapses, Lets Ensure the Games Don’t

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..and stop the corruption, and incompetence and what not. The last of the 'Shera' is at stake. It is no longer difficult to understand why big projects like the ones meant to save the tiger don't really work effectively. I am shocked by the collapse of a foot over bridge just about a week before the Commonwealth Games. I am angry at all those who are responsible for the construction of the games infrastructure including this specific foot over bridge. What angers me even more is the explanation that ‘it was a loose screw that caused it’. I am resentful of all those people who are associated with the Games infrastructure, those who ‘made’ the money and those who ‘gave’ the money to cut corners in the quality of construction. I am resentful of all those who were not able to complete the a
Benefits of Commonwealth Games Overridden by Delays in Preparation and Extended Monsoon

Benefits of Commonwealth Games Overridden by Delays in Preparation and Extended Monsoon

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At Dilli Haat: Rain brings business to a standstill Drive on the road that goes straight from Dilli Haat--across AIIMS flyover--all the way to Qutub Minar and other key heritage sites of touristic interest in Delhi, and the broken-potholed road does not let you believe that in less than two week's time, Delhi will be hosting the 19th Commonwealth Games. The half-constructed Metro Stations are no less a disappointment. Corruption has already marred the Games spirit and crumbling infrastructure which breaks down as it is being laid down has already kept many from the sporting fraternity as well as tourists away. And now its almost as if the Rain Gods have decided to punish the authorities for the delayed preparations and the reported corruption in the system. Getting the opportunity to...
From Common Wealth to Common Health

From Common Wealth to Common Health

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Dragonflies: once abundant across Delhi, are now restricted to few pockets. Known to devour the mosquito larva, they are good malaria inspectors. As the Commonwealth Games are approaching, the city is almost gearing up with the preparations. In the process of making the Games fruitful and a memorable event, various developmental projects have been undertaken. Large number of constructions, digging has been seen all over the city in the past months. The tremendous digging and caving of the roads, delayed timelines & missed deadlines, added to it heavy monsoon that has hit the city has all led to a major disease outbreak in Delhi. Construction sites get filled with rain water and remain water logged and become breeding ground for vector borne and water borne diseases. After corruption...