"I'll do whatever it takes to protect my child" is what Chinese mothers are beginning to say after realising the kind of harm pollution (focus here has been largely on air) is causing to their children. It is all brought out in a brilliant documentary titled "Under the Dome"(with English sub-titles - accessible here) which got 200 million views in 7-10 days, worrying the Chinese govt so much, they blocked it!
All of its 1 hr and 45 minutes is worth seeing.
The fact of the matter is that our cities, including Namma Bengaluru, too are already there, have caught up, or, as in the case of Delhi, overtaken Chinese cities too.
Another worrying factor is "A total of 1,199 new coal-based thermal power plants with a total installed capacity of more than 1.4 million MW proposed worldwide, the lion’s share—455 plants—are in India, according to data from the World Resources Institute", going by this report in Newslaundry.com. Burning coal, apart from releasing massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, has also been proven to be the biggest culprit behind climate change.
So, even as the Modi sarkar is set to fast pace economic growth, going by this column by M J Akbar in the Indian Express, one hopes we don't have to relearn the lessons from the Chinese (and before that, the British) experiences. The experiences have been devastating, and they are going to get exponentially more so, in future.
I too need to be doing whatever it takes to protect my yet to be born grand children.