1st Habitat Summit – A Four Day Trip to Delhi – Day 0


A four day trip to Delhi : 1st Habitat Summit
Day 0:
I woke up with a fever of 103 degree Fahrenheit. But there were rumours of mid-terms so I had to go anyhow to college. The fever started last day morning – may be because I slept in open air, on the roof and in between mosquitos whose presence I might not have realised.

After having a 500mg of Paracetamol and reaching to college on my best friend’s bike as a pillion, I had only one thing in my mind – to sleep in the effect of the Paracetamol tablet. Thankfully there was an examination and I gave it – yes, simply gave the empty paper to the inviligator after signing my attendance – a buzz word in today’s higher education system – ATTENDANCE. So, I came back to my room with my good friend.

The bad thing that happened was the declaration of mid-terms on 24 as well as 25 September and that too two in a day. I went to my Head of the Department to take the permission for the 1st Habitat Summit which was from 24-26 September. He bluntly said,”We can’t do anything. If you want to go, go on your own risk.” He even started questiong the Summit and stated I had nothing significant to do at the Summit. My plea that if I miss the Summit I will have to pay full delegation fee was like honking horn before a buffalow that has been sitting on Indian roads for ages. He did not move. And nor did I – I decided to miss the mid-terms as well as struggle fever – just to attend the summit.

I stuffed my clothes in a bag and went to Narayan Singh Circle of Jaipur to catch a bus to Delhi. After eating a roadside ‘Kari Kachori’ (because there was nothing good available near the bus-stand), I went to ask for a bus to Delhi. The booking window man said that there was no bus in next one and half hour and only available is an AC. Since I was having some level of fever and I can afford some problems of a general RSRTC bus – I declined his advice. See the difference between his saying and the truth there were two RSRTC buses for Delhi about to leave in next fifteen minutes. I took the best seat which was proved to be wrong the window faced the sun all the time till it was evening.

This was my forst trip to Delhi in daytime. I saw how are the industries and agriculture spread around the National Highway 8. Rajasthan did not had quite a good show. There were very less industries and the agriculture fields – most of them drying in thirst for water. As soon as the bus entered in Rewari, Haryana, I realised the change of state without looking at the signboards. The agriculture fields were green and spread to horizon. Also the villages seemed lively in the setting sun. The villages had schools, ponds, temples and the houses had buffalows. It was a really good to see everything like that. But suddenly I saw a chain of industries. Then I realised the article which I studied a long back about the development of Haryana’s agriculture and industries at the same time. May be it’s true that I did looked at the Highway side Haryana only but when I compare it to Highway side Rajasthan I can clearly see Haryana better in Infrastructure and Economy.

Now came the question of debate – Can economic growth of a nation be correlated with it’s development? I asked my self what is the actual citizen behaviour of the people of Haryana? Is the social infrastructure also developing at the same pace as economic infrastructure. I did not had to wait for longer when the bus reached to next stand. A private bus driver was forcing the people physically and shouting at them to sit in his own bus to Delhi. He was literally pulling the passengers trying to enter in the standing government bus. This example can be not the only proof and may be this was not a typical case of Haryana but I had a feeling that still Haryana had to go a long way to social development. And Rajasthan has got to learn that developing basic social infrastructure should be more focussed upon if they are planning to spend money – and that too if they have money to spend. The input to development comes from industries and economy and the output of that should go to develop social infrastructure whose output will be far more value added – good and progressive people.