Speaking Of Asia: India: Clouds and a silver lining

Improving sex ratio at birth for girls in India's Haryana state provides uplifting news in an otherwise dreary Indian scenario

The clouds over India are getting darker, literally and metaphorically.

The end-year pollution levels are at frightening levels. In the so-called Millennium City of Gurgaon, a suburb of the national capital, a visitor to the ongoing fintech festival here tells me he is considering moving his family to Bangkok to protect the health of his young children. Even after installing air purifiers in all his rooms, he said, the air quality reading for pollutants, while down from 800, was still an alarming 300.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'India: Clouds and a silver lining'. Print Edition | Subscribe