08 May, 2021

Benares Diary

Which is the dirtiest city in India? The ignoble award goes to our most ancient—some 3,000 years old—and holiest city.

Benares Diary
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A Kashi Funk

Which is the dirtiest city in India? I have not been to Patna in the pre-Nitish Kumar days, so I have to perforce rule out Patna. No, it is not Calcutta—chaotic and anarchic though it may be—but not particularly dirty, at least not by Indian standards. The ignoble award goes to our most ancient—some 3,000 years old—and holiest city. Yes, you guessed it: Benares or Varanasi or Kashi as it is also called. I have been going there almost every year for the past decade (why, I will explain later) and every time I am absolutely appalled by the filth (the Benares Hindu University campus on the outskirts of the city, on the other hand, is an oasis of greenery and cleanliness). Open, stinking sewers with vile fluids flowing in them, piles of garbage and, of course, excreta from humans and animals everywhere. I would lay a...

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