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Over the years, many observers have expressed skepticism about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) initiative - and skeptics within the BRICS member states perhaps outnumber those outside. They are dispersed geographically, their economies are in different stages of development and there is a fair degree of ideological dissonance between them. And unlike other economic associations, BRICS does not seek to set up any common political or security architecture.

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Reports emanating from China indicate that the Chinese Government has moved to apply ‘urban bariatrics’ to its largest cities – Beijing and Shanghai. It seems to have accepted the concept that untrammeled demographic growth of its largest cities is undesirable beyond a point. This unsustainable ‘city obesity’, China believes, needs to be treated by the application of ‘urban bariatric surgery’.

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Pollution issues in India will not go away in a hurry. This is because we have still not started measuring and quantifying pollution. Be it the dirty air, it's toxic water or its sewage filled streets, things are likely to go from bad to worse till some crisis grips the nation. Political indifference and administrative and citizens apathy has ensured that little has been done to reverse the trend in the last decade.

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