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January 12th, 2015

Mr. Modi, please, pretty please, may we have some dustbins?

I am sure that nice Mr. Modi has a zillion important things on his mind, so I am perfectly happy for him to pass this request on to one of his staff.


I’m not proud.

It’s just that much as I am trying to keep my bit of Bharat Swachh (you all know what that means by now, right?***) it’s an uphill task if we don’t even have any functioning rubbish bins.

2 different bins in my neighbourhood, both of which I run past every day.

You see what happens here, don’t you? Bin useless -> chuck rubbish […]

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January 1st, 2015

Swachh Bharat 1.1.15

Went for a lovely New Year’s Day run this morning through Lutyens Delhi, and as I ran, I spotted quite a few municipal workers in this pampered heart of the city dutifully sweeping dust from one side of the road to the other.

Now I have nothing against dust moving, per se. I really don’t.

And I fully accept that the VVIP occupants of Lutyens Delhi may well need their dust brushed from one place to another, but the sooner someone tells these sweepers that they should also become picker-upper-ers the better.

For goodness sakes, Delhi, India Gate is your […]

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December 30th, 2014

Swachh Bharat 30.12.14 (Trying to find a lighter side)

There really isn’t actually a lighter side to rubbish at all, and I am in no way trivialising my own recent crusade to play whatever little part one can in the Swachh Bharat campaign…but this classic vignette caught my eye as I was out running this morning.

Rubbish skip that clearly hasn’t been emptied for a while = poor garbage collection is a big problem here.

Rubbish strewn on the floor = perennial problem.

Cow happily chomping on a plastic bag while his mate rootles inside the skip = seizing the moment.


Ah well, at least someone is […]

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December 29th, 2014

Swachh Bharat. 29.12.2014. Particularly depressing.

If there is a symbolic heart to Delhi, I would imagine it must be India Gate, the impressive war memorial and a centre piece of Raj Path.

So you would expect such a prime spot, which always has an impressive honour guard, to be spotless, right?

Especially since we are less than a month from Republic Day & the visit of President Obama…

Especially since the government is pushing its “Swachh Bharat” campaign & constantly regaling us with photos of ministers and VIPs wielding spotless new brooms, usually in front of a small heap of leaves…

Well, you would be […]

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