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India’s Weird (Wired) Smart City

The skylines of Indian cities are cluttered with unregulated and often murderous cables, snagging our dreams of smart cities.

Even at the risk of being snubbed as cynical, a somewhat observant resident of any Indian smart city would find a horde of unsmart instances defacing and disabling the city. The list of unsmart features of a smart city is too long to be listed here. In The Conquest of Happiness (1930), Bertrand Russell wrote,

Powerlessness makes people feel that nothing is worth doing, and comfort makes the painfulness of this feeling just endurable. Throughout the East the university student can hope for more influence upon public opinion than he can have in the modern West, but he has much less opportunity than in the West of securing a substantial income. Being neither powerless nor comfortable, he becomes a reformer or a revolutionary, not a cynic.

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Published On : 27th Feb, 2024

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