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New Delhi, The Capital City of India:
A Showcase For Bad Behaviour





New Delhi, India

Look around and you’ll find Delhiites showing scant regard for the public or the private.

New Delhi is a city of extremes. Once renowned for its tehzeeb and generosity, today it often presents a sad picture, ugly, embarrassing, even humiliating.

Partly because Delhi belongs to all, but hardly anybody belongs to Delhi. The Capital is reduced to an earning centre, the homes for the anonymous souls lie elsewhere. Partly because with its vast multitudes, it offers a cover of anonymity.

But truth to tell, it is largely because people in Delhi lack civic sense, something which any Clean Delhi campaign cannot instil.

Just imagine the plight of a first-time visitor to the national Capital. What does he find?

Men piddling in public, men urinating against walls of private residences, public institutions, between cars in parking, against trees, even by the river.

Even dogs show greater taste.

Or children, even adults on their haunches by the railway tracks or by the open drains.

Worse, men sitting inside gleaming cars, lowering the panes ever so slightly to spit on the road with not a nano-second spared for the adjacent vehicle or a pedestrian being so showered.

If that is not repugnant, close your mind’s eye and imagine the scene at the famous ITO bridge or the Nizamuddin flyover, that lifeline for people living trans Yamuna.

Is it not common to watch people park their car on the left for a minute, take out a black garbage bag and dump it into the river on their way to office?

By the way, millions of Hindus regard this same Yamuna as a sacred river!

Who bothers?

Not those swanky office-going men and women who litter their garbage from atop flyovers, not those men who sit and spit, not those guys who piss in public oblivious to onlookers; they leave not a tomb, not even the Parliament House untouched.

If some cannot resist a wall, others a river and yet others the road, there are those who cannot get themselves to use a subway or an overhead bridge to cross the road. Run, dart and dash, rise and climb, is their mantra as they move from one side of the other, teasing traffic all the way.

Clearly, nothing shames the city.

[Courtesy: The Hindu Newspaper. Edited for]
April 3, 2014

Conversation about this article

1: Kaala Singh (Punjab), April 04, 2014, 1:39 AM.

This is the city that spearheaded the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs, the very people who transformed a barren tract of land into a thriving city and developed it into a major centre of economy and culture. The Sikhs withdrew after 1984 and the city has gone to the very wolves who were responsible for the atrocities of '84. Now, just wait and see what happens to this city in times to come, it has already gone down the drain and has become most unlivable city in the world. Soon, an even worse group of marauders cometh ...

2: Bhupinder Singh (New Delhi, India ), April 04, 2014, 8:21 AM.

I live and work in Delhi and my clients are foreigners. I am at loss of words when they question me why my home and office is spic-n-span and why outside everything is a mess. Then, they find Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in Delhi and the Golden Temple in Amritsar the cleanest places of worship in the world, given the footfalls there. I have a hunch ... that there is a strong possibility of a repeat of '84. Probably not on religious lines but definitely between "haves" and "have-nots". Something very similar to the London or Chicago riots.

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