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Even India's top-ranked city cannot hold a candle to the best in the world on governance and planning
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Mexico's young and dynamic Ambassador to India, H.E. Melba Pria, draws attention not only because she uses an autorickshaw as her official transport and plans to run the Berlin marathon in September for the Indian Cancer Society, but because bilateral trade and ties between India and Mexico have never been better.
The Modi government's ambitious "100 Smart Cities" plan is making urban planning sexy in a country challenged by rapid and chaotic urbanisation. Yet there is no single, universally accepted definition of a "smart city". With massive investment expected to pour in, it is time to understand what will make India's urban centres truly smart. With one in six city dwellers living in a slum, inclusive growth is a critical principle that India cannot ignore.