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Can police actually find killers of Gauri Lankesh?

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Indian cities have changed very much over the last 30 years and this has affected police work. I am not talking of how the cities have grown bigger or become more populous and unliveable for most people, which they have. What is being referred to is the way that they were originally designed and what they have become.

Though India is an ancient place, most cities in India are new. Our largest cities, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, were built by the British less than 300 years ago. Some other cities, like Hyderabad, Surat and Ahmedabad, go back another 200 years or so. Even 'old' Delhi, meaning Shahjahanabad, was built but 400 years ago.

Only Kashi can claim to be older, but almost all of Kashi is actually new. The ghats are all relatively recent and of no structure can it legitimately be claimed that it has been around for over 500 years.

Compare this with Rome, where the Pantheon, a large building built around 2000 years ago, is still intact. In Rome the population has always lived around monuments from ancient times and there is a continuity to life in that city, even though the modern additions of bicycles and motor cars and restaurants have come. Other than this life seems like it is unchanged over the centuries in any neighbourhood.

In India it is of course totally different. It is the rare neighbourhood in our cities where there is not some new building coming........

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