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Delhi Greens Blog Wishes Merry Christmas to All its Readers!

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Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to all our Blog readers! The markets in Delhi remained flooded with Christmas goodies this year and shopping has been at an all time high. The BIG day arrived today, a foggy Christmas morning with the mercury dipping close to 8 degrees Celsius! This has only raised the spirits higher up and even as noted media channels promised snow for Delhi this winters, the chill is in no way less exciting! Here's wishing the day passes with each moment being more exciting than before, and this momentum continues until the New Year, which brings more happiness and prosperity for all. Amidst all the celebrations, remember to keep the Planet in mind and make sure your partying decisions are in the best interest of the sustainability of the human kind! And take...

Paradigm Limit I

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As human beings, we are born into a pre-existing world. Being born into a culture we inherit-words and language-we assume that words and languages describe this preexisting world. Because we think of language as something in response to the world or existing in order to deal with the world, language becomes a means to an end. It is a means to make sense of the world and to make sense of ‘why and how’ of things around us. This paradigm allows us only one way of thinking and doing things. The world is separate from us that we exploit for our benefit. Things that are useless are treated as waste or dirt or pollution to be discarded. It only allows us for fixing and changing things to our advantage, things that are not working or not working as well as we would like them to.This form of thi
Stand Up and Take Action Now: End Poverty

Stand Up and Take Action Now: End Poverty

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A Guinness World Record shattered last weekend when 173,045,325 citizens gathered at over 3,000 events in more than 120 countries, demanding that their governments eradicate extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The "Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!" campaign, now in its fourth year, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history, an increase of about 57 million people over last year. "The more than 173 million people who mobilized this weekend sent a clear message to world leaders that there is massive, universal, global demand for eradicating poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals," said Salil Shetty, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. "In particular, we...
Sugar for Ants II

Sugar for Ants II

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Your responses are what keeps this blog going, thank you for sharing. Continuing on the governance issues for urban slums in Delhi on how to justify providing water sanitation etc to the existing Jhuggi Jhompdi (JJ) slums?   As you all have rightly pointed out the quality of life for a middle class in the city like Delhi is subsidized by people living in slums. They are ready to accept an inferior quality of life so that the middle class could have their service providing community, at a subsidized price.   Another argument is that JJ slum dwellers are not ‘paying’ any property tax or other municipal taxes. Let us look at this argument. Yes, but they are consumers and as such pay excise duty and sales tax on all the items they purchase and hence contribute to the economy directly.  

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