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Vasant ValleytodayAPRIL 2016
This house believes that the Odd-Even scheme is a scheme for the present:-The odd even scheme implemented by Delhis government had one main objective; to reduce pollution. According to the plan, cars with odd numbered plates could surf the roads on odd dated days, and similarly, even numbered cars on even dated days. During the time of implementation in the first week of January, the number of vehicles reduced substantially. Did that necessari-ly mean reduced pollution levels? The idea was to halve (or at least substantially reduce) the number of cars on the streets of the capital, and that, in turn, would reduce the pollution levels. (Delhi wears the notoriety of being the worlds most polluted city).
1. Reduction in pollution; meeting its objectiveWith an ever growing population and a continuous demand for cars, a scheme to limit the number of vehicles on the road is essential. And the odd even scheme seems like a good way to achieve just that. Essentially, implementation of this scheme will give Delhi the new lungs that its citizens demand. With half the cars off the road, hopefully pollution levels will dramatically reduce. It is a creative concept to tackle the problem and accord-ing to DPCC mobile vans stationed at various spots across Delhi that day, nearly 69 locations across the city registered PM 2.5 levels below 100 g/m3 while 45 locations showed PM10 lev-els below 200 g/m3. A concrete assessment will be made after studying the impact for a few more days, officials said. These changes are groundbreaking as compared to before the scheme was implemented and in opposition to popular arguments proves that the scheme is actually having an impact.
2. De-congestion of the forever crowded Delhi roadsFewer cars on the roads means that these often crowded and buzzing Delhi roads will perhaps be decongested. Traffic has been a rampant problem in Delhi and this scheme effectively tackles it. Furthermore less traffic means a faster daily commute for all citizens which results in more time on our hands.
3. Odd-even scheme as an assist to erode social differencesOdd even forces you to use public transport on certain days, and this is always looked at in a harsh and critical light. But is it really all bad? When you take the metro you meet all kinds of people all heading in different directions. Everyone is from a different backgrounds and when using public transport all these backgrounds are blemished into one universal identity-Delhiites. On a basic level what the odd even scheme does is break so-cial barriers as public transport does not discriminate. And every step towards the reformation of society counts clearing a divide between different bodies and forming an interdependent com-munity.
Whether the motion fell or stood is entirely up to you. The odd even scheme evidently has its pros and cons, and it is for the general public to formulate their own opinions and stands on the motion.
-Ishita Malhotra (XI) & Aryan Sadh (X)
1. Backfiring; with regard to it's main objectiveThe rudimentary objective of the recently re-implemented odd-even scheme was, and remains reduction in pollution. Has it achieved its primary goal? NO. Statistics show that during the first phase of the odd-even implementation, pollution levels actually rose. The number of taxis, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and private buses significantly increased, thereby increasing pol-lution levels. Considering how a vast majority of our population cannot afford to upgrade to newer technology; older scooter and motorcycles, do infact pollute more than four-wheelers, yet are exempted from the odd-even formula.
2. Lack of alternatives to support people without vehiclesWhile in theory, the odd-even scheme presents the eager citizens a solution to a wide variety of their problems; ranging from con-gestion on the roads, to probably a considerable solution to the filthy air, it is in fact impossible to implement with consideration of the current public transport system. Though the government in Delhi encourages the use of public transports as an alternative to private vehicles, it does not provide viable alternatives. A well developed public transport system is a prerequisite for imple-mentation of such a scheme.
3. Too many exceptions and loopholes The odd even scheme has a multitude of exceptions, from ex-empting women drivers, to allowing two-wheelers at all times, and of course; the timing of effectiveness of the formula-8 am to 8 pm. According to the scheme, two-wheelers are not expected to follow the rule, and trucks that come into the city after 8 pm are permitted too. Studies show, that two-wheelers and trucks were the biggest contributors to the rising pollution levels in the city. Too many exemptions as we have been seeing, will in fact dilute the effectiveness of the scheme. Phase two of the scheme has brought in more exceptions, such as the permission of cars car-rying children in school uniform. Needless to say, the loopholes are self explanatory, and will cause confusion.
Vasant Valley Today // PAGE 2
Welcome to Gurugram, a model city, sorry, ashram to the world. Gurugram, or as infidels call it, Gurgaon, is a town which was the home of Guru Dronacharya (in a fictional epic with no factual basis at all). Taking inspiration from such a decision I too, have decided to rechristen Delhi as Indraprastha, for funsies.
BECAUSE WE DO EVERYTHING FOR FUNSIES
Dont get me wrong, Mr. Manohar Lal Khattars decision to per-petuate a stereotype of the Millenium citys locals as bunch of backwater bumpkins is perfectly fine! In fact, the world will think Gurugram is bless-ed with the ideas and culture of a Mahabharatan-era India, full of culture, enriching practices such as child marriage, Sati, and of course dowry. Why not?! Let's forget political reforms, let's forget the pollution issue and every other possible woe and focus solely on the name of the city! You know, just for funsies. Finally, of course Mr. Khattar knows whats best for the locals. They neednt influence the name of their own city with their immoral global culture and skewed ethics. Maybe Gurgaon literally meant Sugary Village. Or maybe, it was a corruption of Gurgaon. The glowing light of Hindutva shall go with the latter.
-Jay Jaganaath (XI)
Hit and Run cases in the country have reached a completely new high in the past few years. The increase in the number of cases is definitely a matter of grave concern for all of us.Recently the newspapers were flooded with reports of the Mercedes- Hit and Run Case when a seventeen year old boy was responsible for mowing down a pedestrian cross-ing the street. After investigations it was found that this minor was a repeat offender and it was not the first time that he had been involved in a road accident.Now the questions in such a situation is who really is at fault? Should we blame the pedestrian for not being watch-ful; the government for not making safer crossings; or the minor who was driving the car?The fact is that the legal age for driving a car and getting a license in India is eighteen.It is only when parents give levy to younger teenagers that they indulge in such under age activities merely for the thrill of it.Having a certain degree of money does not give any one the right to go against the law and do as they please. It is the attitude that Money can buy everything amongst the younger generation that essentially is the root cause for ac-cidents such as these.If the juvenile offenders are not reprimanded for acts like these by their own family members, then finding a solution to this will be impossible.
- Ananya Jain (XI)
WHEN WILL IT END?
The article Accursed Urban Education in the previous issue was written by Ananya Jain alone. We apologize for the mistake.
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Do I liveOr merely exist?
Do I inhaleThe sweet summer air
Or breatheAn unconscious breath?
Do I perceiveThe world in its full, resplendent glory
Or do I seeWith dull eyes?
Do I listenAnd understand the sounds that surround me
Or do I hearAnd not heed?It is one thingTo feel alive
Feel the sharp, cold winter windAnd the soft rain
On my skinAnd yet another,
To pass a mundane existenceTo be numb to the worldThat envelops my being
And that question rings in my earsBecoming forevermore pressing
Do I liveOr merely exist?
-Kamya Yadav (XII)
Vasant Valley Today // PAGE 3
PROJECT STARSHOT For millennia, humans have walked the Earth, always looking up at the stars and wondering what lies beyond. Until the last 50 years took place, nobody had thought that exploring horizons as wide and treacherous as the black abyss of space was possible.
After the space race however, a lot has changed. And by lot, I mean weve gone from possibilities of roaming in the proximity of our own Moon, to 40 trillion kilometres away in another star system. Project Starshot is the brain-child of Russian billion-aire, entrepreneur and physicist Yuri Milner. His dream of sending probes to our neighbouring star Alpha Centauri, is the inspiration behind the $100 million that hes fund-ing this project with. Hes not alone in this initiative, with fellow billionaire and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zucker-berg and famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking soon to join the board of Starshot.
Milner envisions the probes themselves to be the size of a round picnic tabletop, with the thickness of around 0.00000001m, housing all the circuitry and a 2MP camera. The propulsion sys-tem is a prototype that will use an extremely high-powered lase