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Krishna Kumar, professor of education at Delhi University and a former director of India’s NCERT [National Council on Education and Research Training], opines thoughtfully on Delhi’s air pollution problem and the meaning behind development.

“It will take time and expertise to assess the odd-even experiment in Delhi, but there is no doubt that it was educative. It taught the government that the public is now ready to support radical measures on air pollution. The public learnt that cynicism is not the only response to a hopeless situation. The odd-even fortnight is now a pleasant memory, but will it also be an inspiring one? The answer depends on the so-called aspirational classes. More specifically, it depends on their willingness to engage in a deeper debate on the meaning of development.” The Hindu. Read the full column on

After the Delhi experience