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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Reclaiming human diginity from urban sprawls

Any resident of New Delhi for the past few years, is also a mute spectator to its changing urban land scape. The most noticable change is the number of fly-overs that have come up in these years. Such changes are often uncritically hailed in the media as symbols of progress. However, such infrastructure is often planned without little consideration for the pedestrians. When the Daula Kuan fly over was inaugurated, initially, there was no facility for pedestrians to move across these roads. This need for keeping the common man as central to development is highlighted in this interview of Enrique Penalosa, the Mayor of Bogota, who begins by saying..


"In developing-world cities, the majority of people don’t have cars, so I
will say, when you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing
democracy. A sidewalk is a symbol of equality."
Good food for thought!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cricket: On the Monkey Controversy

Thought the last word on the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds Controversy has been said after Mukul Kesavan's take on the issue. To my surprise, another Sardar who is a former Super Cop, now known more for his affiliation with Hockey than Cricket, also has an intersting take on the judgement pronounced by John Hanssen

"On first sight, this appears fair to all. But on closer inspection, the
judgement is deeply flawed. What appears to have been missed out by all is the
complete unfairness of the proceedings towards at least one injured party: The
monkey."


Read it here

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Telugu on the Internet

A small group of motivated Telugus have begun to create Telugu online content on the Wikipedia. My heartfelt Congratulations for all those who took up such a venture!!

PS: Today's Eenadu has a nice article on this and on those who blog in Telugu.