India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2017 / The National


Until Monday, when the Gujarat elections results came in, the air over Delhi was thick with speculation. The Indian capital, always a political cauldron, hissed and bubbled. Was Narendra Modi on the point of that ultimate indignity, losing face in his home state? Would Mr Modi’s BJP cede ground after 22 years in its stronghold? … Continue reading “India’s patchy record on pollution has led the country to crisis”

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The #Delhi #slum – before and after India’s economic liberalisation

by Rashmee

Posted on December 19, 2017


I first spent a considerable amount of time in a Delhi slum in 1986. The slum, known as Yamuna Pushta, started at ITO in Delhi and extended far into the east, along the river Yamuna. It was around the ITO part of the slum that my journalism class spent a few days and nights. The … Continue reading “The #Delhi #slum – before and after India’s economic liberalisation”

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The grim reality of comparing Tunis, Tunisia with New Delhi, India: quality of life

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2017


We returned to Tunis from Delhi and saw the sky – clear blue, the sunlight shining brightly on the smiling capital of Tunisia, the traffic moving well along on the roads. And we sighed. As an Indian, there is no way to describe the pain of seeing Delhi as it is today. It is a … Continue reading “The grim reality of comparing Tunis, Tunisia with New Delhi, India: quality of life”

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Tom Friedman is writing about India again. Oh dear

by Rashmee

Posted on November 30, 2017


What I’m about to say has nothing to do with my being Indian. It does have to do with my being in India in 2009, when The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited and wrote a piece on renewable energy and its sunshine possibilities. (There’s a link to the article in the previous sentence, … Continue reading “Tom Friedman is writing about India again. Oh dear”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK