Smog Crisis: Delhi is Not Poisonous, Its People Are

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Smog Crisis: Delhi is Not Poisonous, Its People Are

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ere Samuel Beckett to be born in India – Delhi especially – he might have kept his ideas about absurdism to himself. In a country where the absurd is the norm, and perhaps nothing quite explains the Capital like what Beckett labelled “blaming the shoe for the fault of the feet”. The city’s smog crisis worsens every year, yet in the wake of these familiar struggles, its people manage to dress in new ways of ridiculous. From invoking religion to smuggling crackers like cocaine, Dilliwalas have surpassed limits that really, only they can set for themselves.

And therein lies the problem, the obfuscating assumption that Delhi’s crisis is a sickness of the city and not its people. Had that self-defeating presumption been corrected years ago, we might have witnessed some change.

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