India: Hustler's Reward

In centuries past, Bombay was considered so unhealthy that "two monsoons were the life of a man." Bombay is still relatively dangerous to life and limb, but what its citizens feared last week was not malarial fever or dengue but hurtling autos, gangsters, and commuter trains so jampacked that festoons of passengers hang perilously from the doors. "What can we do?" shrugs Mayor Eshakbhai Bandookwala, resplendent in a red turban and seated behind a huge desk topped with black glass. "This city is growing; it leads India. Everybody wants to come here...

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