Anil Singh

Stories By Anil Singh

A scene from the deluge of July 26, 2005

It's that time of the year when it's evident not much brain has been expended on Mumbai drains, writes Anil Singh

Every year, the BMC claims it is ready to tackle 350 to 450mm of rain in a day but the existing drains are not ready even for 50mm, while...Read More

Covid may have stalled many a cycle but has turned the wheel for the bicycle industry, writes Anil Singh

Covid may have stalled many a cycle but has turned the wheel for the bicycle industry, writes Anil Singh

June 3 is World Bicycle Day. In the Netherlands, almost everyone uses bicycles daily; the bicycle ownership per 1,000 persons there is 1,...Read More

Why we must celebrate International Biodiversity Day (May 22) in the middle of a raging pandemic, explains Anil Singh

Why we must celebrate International Biodiversity Day (May 22) in the middle of a raging pandemic, explains Anil Singh

Experts say that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is the sixth such pandemic since the devastating influenza outbreak of 1918, popularly kno...Read More

Actor Anumpam Kher (L) and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

The statements of Union minister Nitin Gadkari and actor Anupam Kher are extraordinary departures from the norm, writes Anil Singh

Is this a growing realisation of the fact that many Indians are unhappy that the party they twice voted to power is focusing on a Congres...Read More

Is the vaccine policy being driven by public, private or political interest,  asks Anil Singh

Is the vaccine policy being driven by public, private or political interest, asks Anil Singh

India desperately needs to halt this second Covid-19 wave for the sake of its sagging economy. If left unchecked, the new wave could comp...Read More

Erosion of the credibility of institutions that are the sentinels of democracy is the death knell for the republic, writes Anil Singh

Erosion of the credibility of institutions that are the sentinels of democracy is the death knell for the republic, writes Anil Singh

To be fair, the oral observations of the Madras HC that the ECI ‘should be put up on murder charges probably’ were a bit too harsh. Howev...Read More

India cuts a sorry figure in the run-up to the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, writes Anil Singh

India cuts a sorry figure in the run-up to the World Press Freedom Day on May 3, writes Anil Singh

Among those booked in recent years under the draconian UAPA and left to rot in jail include civil rights activists, lawyers and academici...Read More

It's only now dawning on us that winning elections is one thing & good governance quite another, writes Anil Singh

It's only now dawning on us that winning elections is one thing & good governance quite another, writes Anil Singh

It was not lost on voters that the PM’s speech came on the eve of Ram Navami. ‘Ram rajya’ is not to be confused with a temple in his name...Read More

Unlike Delhi, Varanasi or Ahmedabad, 300-year-old Mumbai may lack ancient monuments but has living heritage, writes Anil Singh

Unlike Delhi, Varanasi or Ahmedabad, 300-year-old Mumbai may lack ancient monuments but has living heritage, writes Anil Singh

It would have been a very different Mumbai but for Russian scientist Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine, who developed a vaccine for the bubonic ...Read More

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil can start by making police more accountable to the public, writes Anil Singh

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil can start by making police more accountable to the public, writes Anil Singh

The priorities of the state's new home minister include implementation of the Shakti Act for perpetrators of crimes against women and chi...Read More

How many lives must we sacrifice before we start taking fire safety seriously, asks Anil Singh

How many lives must we sacrifice before we start taking fire safety seriously, asks Anil Singh

Researchers for the International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health examined 33 fires during 2010-’20 in Indian hospitals w...Read More

Mumbai Police, once compared to the Scotland Yard, are market yard, writes Anil Singh

Mumbai Police, once compared to the Scotland Yard, are market yard, writes Anil Singh

The IPS volcano truly erupted on March 20, with former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh releasing a letter that singed the MVA ...Read More

By 2050, prolonged flooding is predicted in Mumbai’s low-lying areas in the monsoon. However, work on the coastal road project is in full swing

Protecting the planet should begin with protecting Mumbai first, says Anil Singh

In 2018, a Gurugram schoolboy noticed the plethora of single-use plastic items in posh eateries. These disposables, such as straws, spoon...Read More

Most of our cities are turning into urban heat islands, day in and day 
out, writes Anil Singh

Most of our cities are turning into urban heat islands, day in and day out, writes Anil Singh

Greenbelts around cities, for wind paths, would allow the passage of exhaust heat from urban air conditioners and automobiles. However, e...Read More

Navi Mumbai should be the yardstick for livable cities, says Anil Singh

Navi Mumbai should be the yardstick for livable cities, says Anil Singh

The satellite city is in a class of its own, being the largest planned city in India. Flanked by the forested Parsik range and a thick st...Read More

We must make politicians walk the talk when it comes to footpaths, says Anil Singh

We must make politicians walk the talk when it comes to footpaths, says Anil Singh

‘Super footpaths’ were in the offing in Mumbai when the pandemic struck; the first of these was to be a six-metre-wide walkway from Siddh...Read More

We seem to have moved on, from urban Naxals to ‘andolan jeevis’, notes Anil Singh

We seem to have moved on, from urban Naxals to ‘andolan jeevis’, notes Anil Singh

The PM’s speech targeting dissidents also assumes significance in the light of the fact that the Union Home Ministry plans to invite citi...Read More

The ‘religious sentiments’ ruse is part 
of the divisive politics being practised 
in our country, says Anil Singh

The ‘religious sentiments’ ruse is part of the divisive politics being practised in our country, says Anil Singh

It is time to ask how someone sold the majority community the idea that a religion that has withstood the onslaught of Buddhism, Islam an...Read More

Mumbai is facing a biodiversity crisis because of its choice of avenue trees, writes Anil Singh

Mumbai is facing a biodiversity crisis because of its choice of avenue trees, writes Anil Singh

At the beginning of every year, Mumbai goes gaga over the magical rosy hue along the Eastern Express Highway at Vikhroli, thanks to a row...Read More

Was affluenza behind the New Year-eve party murder, asks Anil Singh

Was affluenza behind the New Year-eve party murder, asks Anil Singh

Children need and want to be told right from wrong and learn responsibility and the consequences of their actions. However, parents tend ...Read More

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