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Cowdung cakes and cars... Is this a village or a city?

It doesn’t matter –Delhi  the capital of India is a city of villages! 410 in all.  Today, all of them figure in a list of 1639 “unauthorised” settlements prepared by the Delhi govt. The official story is that much of  the land lying outside Lal Dora –  village agricultural land, grazing land, ecological heritage areas and common land  – have…
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In the city, the POOR SERVE the RICH. WHO SERVES THEM??

The Slumdog Entrepreneurs, running small street enterprises, with their own cultures of service and commerce - in food, waste, housekeeping, clothes - care, equipment spare parts, repair and re-use, traditional rural crafts, motor driving and domestic help, gardeners and home-delivery boys... You name it - this so-called unorganized activity makes up 86 percent of India's workforce and contributes over 55…
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The Indian political class has a rural "fetish" says a leading Indian Daily

(TOI Editorial New Delhi, Friday 19 October 2012) Cities remain neglected, even though more and more Indians are coming into cities, villages are fast 'becoming' cities, much of the nation’s wealth is being generated in cities...  ..for the first time, the majority of the world's population - nearly 3.3 billion - now live in urban…rather than rural areas.." (quoted in…
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