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How India is preparing for Donald Trump’s visit. The government machinery is busy making last-minute preparations: a wall to hide slums, additional water in the Yamuna to conceal its filth and foul, and 12,000 security personnel are just a few things on that checklist.

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  • Indian government is on an overdrive to welcome the US president Donald Trump. Authorities have resorted to quick-fixes to clean up Gujarat and Agra city and this reflects poorly on the government. To please the head of another state, Indian government is resorting to absurd measures. Civic agencies

    Indian government is on an overdrive to welcome the US president Donald Trump. Authorities have resorted to quick-fixes to clean up Gujarat and Agra city and this reflects poorly on the government. To please the head of another state, Indian government is resorting to absurd measures. Civic agencies are busy erecting walls along the route that Trump will take visiting India on Feb. 23 and 24. All this is being done to hide the unpleasant but real painful sight of hundreds of people living on streets struggling for basic things such as portable drinking water and sanitation facilities. Instead of spending crores of rupees on entertaining Trump, the Narendra Modi government would have done well to clean up things on the ground. Short-sighted measures such as putting gallons of water in Yamuna will come to a naught in the absence of a sustainable river cleaning programme. The moment, Trump leaves India, we will be back to staring at the painful real sight of a river without water, chaotic slums, and garbage dumps on city roads.