Why do governments keep believing it is necessary to hide real life and sanitise people's experience of their city? I was in Beijing a year before the Olympics when the authorities had already started to board up and hide away from view the so called 'undesirable' parts of the old city, much of which I understand was then bulldozed out of existence. Now a similar thing is happening in Delhi as the city prepares for the Commonwealth Games. My Delhi colleague's blog describes the way the authorities there are "managing" the run up to the Commonwealth Games. Please take a few minutes to compare her current pictures to her video of the same area outside of where we all stayed when in Delhi in November 2009 for our VSO in country training to see the real impact of their actions.
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