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May 10th, 2012

Sorry, Delhi, you really, really don’t deserve your heritage

Yesterday I bemoaned the fact that the poor Burmese refugees have taken over a 13th century monument. I suggested that they should rather be housed in a park or an open space like the Ram Lila grounds. The wicked woman in me wanted to suggest that they take over the pavement outside one of our pampered Lutyens-bungalow-at-the taxpayer’s-expense-politicians. That would get the problem sorted out pronto, I can tell you. NIMBY to the power of goodness knows what.

God knows what damage that poor monument will suffer at the hands of these equally poor people.

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April 29th, 2012

Sewage and buck-passing. Delhi’s heritage deserves much, much better than this

Delhi, my home city now, is blessed with centuries of fabulous history, with some of the most amazing monuments you could wish for – many of which are in a parlous state.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for the last couple of years will be familiar by now with my tales of neglect, abuse, encroachment upon the city’s (indeed, the country’s) historic sites. It is little short of outrageous in a country that has plenty of money (never, ever doubt that) cash flows into politician’s pockets, into wasteful Commonwealth Games schemes, into mollycoddling our VVIPs, while […]

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