Let's stand up on World Habitat Day and let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere—in our communities, in our towns, in our country, in our world. The United Nations has designated the first Monday of each October as World Habitat Day. This year, Habitat for Humanity in USA has invited the international community from around the world in support of this global observance and come together to declare that the lack of decent, affordable housing is unacceptable. According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security. Raising awareness and advocating for change
Recent rains in Delhi have brought the kadamba tree in full blossom. This tree is one of the trees depicted in the carvings of the Ajanta Caves. An apsara is shown holding on the branch of the kadamba tree in full blossom. As many of you may already know that an apsara is considered an ideal of beauty, a perfect woman. She is holding on to the perfect tree. The tree is perfect for its beauty. It always grows erect. The branches are perfectly parallel to the ground and grow in perfect cemetery around the stem. The smaller branches too grow symmetrically to the main branch and perfectly symmetrical to each other. The leaves that grow on these branches are perfectly symmetrical even the veins on the leaves are equidistant and parallel to each other. The tree thus casts a perfectly circula
Recently I got an opportunity to visit some of the colleges in Delhi for my project work. I must say that it was a good exposure for me and it helped me a lot in understanding the youth of the city. I believe that the young generation is the mirror of a city-country leading to the making of a great Nation. The youth of Delhi are enthusiastic, energetic and remain cheerful always. But this is one side of the story. Just like many other young people across India, most of them don’t know what they want from their future. At the same time, Delhites must be thankful to their young adults. During my visits to not less than ten colleges, I could not find more than ten students smoking in their campuses. That is only about one student per college and is much less than what it is in other pa
Circulating on the Internet: "Ten Reasons Why South Mumbai Did Not Vote" 10. Clashed with Salsa class 9. Election whites not drycleaned 8. No candidate a hottie 7. Tony Jethmalani contesting from suburbs. Sigh! 6. No valet parking at booth 5. Spotted servant in queue ahead of us 4. Driver not come 3. “Elections over dude, Obama won!" 2. No party tackling real issues, eg, reduce Gold Gym rates... 1. No home delivery! "Ten Reasons Why Delhi Turned Up to Vote" 1. They loved the Tata Tea ad 2. They saw the Chopras go out, and thought they must overtake the Lancer from left 3. Bunty’s girlfriend wanted it when they were going out for some Chinese 4. Diwan Saheb on second floor persuaded them. He is "jaaaint saactry" in DPCC 5. Without stable government, real estate will n
We are now nearing the close of elections. With every passing day the new government will be getting formed. Parties will negotiate with each other to form the ruling coalition, as most likely there would be no clear majority. Let us be honest about who we are going to elect and take full responsibility for our choice. Our elected representatives seem to be a particular set of people. Either they are sons of past but successful politicians or they have a criminal background. For us democracy is a political system we have adopted since we became a nation state. This political system is only a subsystem, of the larger system and is relatively new. It is only 50 years old, for the whole that we call India. This democracy is a subsystem we consider to be working successfully especially wh...
The exciting thing about these elections is the number of new voters who have just turned 18+ and have never voted so far. The most striking thing of these elections are the advertisements on mass media where celebrities are promoting the elections by encouraging the youth to come out and vote, but we could never be sure if they are serious or joking because they all are showing ‘the middle finger’. Is the symbolism of it to be interpreted as ‘cocking a snook’ at the elections or are we to assume they do not know the meaning of their actions. May be there is some deeper meaning and we don’t know. On a more serious note, we had earlier in the year seen the impact of world system connectedness and I appreciate all of you who took the time out to read it, think about it and particular
Last time we looked at the incredible paced up infrastructure development taking place in Delhi over the recent past in lieu of the Commonwealth Games. We have a new drinking water supply system--Sonia Vihar-- providing water to the eastern part of city. We have new sewage system put in place across the city by the authorities. We have an entirely new network of roads and flyovers connecting the city with Domestic and International Terminals. Gurgaon and Jaipur have come closer. We have the Delhi Metro Railway System in place connecting and criss-crossing the Delhi NCR region. We have renewed focus on solid waste management by local authorities though the Bhagidari scheme. We have put in place over the last few years, airport beautification and expansion, both for domestic and inter...
Critical Mass is an event held in almost all major cities of the world, usually on the last Friday of every month, wherein a mass of cyclists ride through the streets of the city. The peak hour bicycle ride gives the subtle message to the motor-drivers, that cyclists exist too! The event is open to all the cycling enthusiasts and people who are concerned about environment, climate change, road accidents, health & fitness etc. NEXT Delhi CRITICAL MASS: Friday, the 28th of November, 2008! Starting from Vijay Chowk, 6.00 pm onwards The idea is also to celebrate cycling! Fore more information, visit: http://delhicriticalmass.in/ or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following is a book review of the the much appreciated book Trees of Delhi - compiled by the well known Pradip Krishen - for the wo/man on the street in Delhi! The Book Review by Mr. Rajesh Thadani, Executive Director, Center for Ecology, Development & Research (CEDAR), New Delhi is a published work from Conservation & Society - and is presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. The Online Journal can be accessed by clicking here. The Book Review can also be read here. Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide Pradip Krishen, Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide. Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India. 2006. 360 pp. INR 799(Paperback). ISBN 0-14-400070-9. Pradip Krishen is not a taxonomist. Perhaps, that’s why his book makes taxonomy so interesting. The
Vice-Chancellor University of Delhi Delhi - 110 007 INDIA Dear Sir, Hope you are doing good and keeping well. Unfortunately, and much to the shock of many, the green cover and the 'heritage' trees in the university campus, about 500m from your office are not. A little over an year ago, the unscientific marking and the felling of a large number of trees in the campus was highlighted by the students and the faculty of Delhi University. This was well appreciated by you sir, with an assurance that the matter would be adequately probed. Also, after carrying out signature campaigns and submitting petitions to your office, we were further assured that the trees in the campus will be given the due importance that they deserve. However, the situation today is far from that. The tress...