Down the Drain

The Hindu archive is a treasure trove. One can tirelessly dip into it not just for nostalgic pleasure, but also to get a glimpse of decades of serious city reporting, which enable a critical reflection of the present, particularly when it comes to civic conditions.

This week I did just that — went back in time. The provocation was the budget announcement and an earlier news report about plans to spend thousands of crores of rupees to clean the rivers in Chennai

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