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City of blights

Eat your heart out Mumbai, Delhi has topped the show in the Liveability Index among all Indian cities in a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) survey.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 23:16 IST

Eat your heart out Mumbai, Delhi has topped the show in the Liveability Index among all Indian cities in a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Institute for Competitiveness (IFC) survey. Liveability in the urban context takes in the mental and social well-being of its citizens apart from infrastructure. We want to add to this. Life in Delhi improves your moral fibre and your physical stamina. For example, if you want to negotiate the BRT, you will require the skills of Michael Schumacher, the patience of Mother Teresa and perhaps the fighting acumen of Bruce Lee.

Now this will come in handy in many spheres of life. Then during the frequent power cuts, you can learn the art of sweating it out without frequenting expensive gyms. And when you’re left in the dark at night, think of how much better your other senses develop. Your social skills will be honed razor sharp when say you try to tell the gent next to you to give you right of way on the road. It’s a different matter that you may end up in hospital, but have no fear, Delhi’s health system ranks at 17. And if you are one of those who want to make a mark in civil society, be assured that we have regular dharnas, marches and disruptions in Parliament which should give you all the training you need in this field.

We have many role models who can teach us the art of survival irrespective of where we are, starting with our political class which has demonstrated that it pays to take what you want, be it public resources or road spaces. So on the whole, while the Sena is wittering on about whom Mumbai belongs to, those in Delhi have evolved to higher things. This will also go down well when the Commonwealth Games start. People will go back startled at our policy of ask not what you can do for your city, instead ask what your city can do for you.