India’s competition with China

Although politicians deny it, the competition between China and India once again hit the headlines as India successfully launched it’s first mission to Mars.

In New Delhi the competition with Beijing is also evident. The air pollution is making life unbearable for the inhabitants.

IMG 5022 The haze that obscures parliament is being explained as the after effects of the weekend’s fireworks celebrations for Diwali.

Air quality measurements taken before the celebrations had even started, showing pollution levels have not deteriorated significantly, suggest a different reason. Perhaps it’s because a third of the population don’t have electricity, and so rely on burning wood to stay warm as as the weather cools.

But you can’t blame the gods for the electricity.

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