A brief visit to a project site in Gurugram

Author: Deepak Gupta

India’s rapid march towards becoming a 5 trillion $ economy might soon become a reality. However, Bharat continues to deal with problems related to human development which we must not ignore. During my short visit to village Mehchana in Farrukh Nagar block of Gurugram district of Haryana on 3rd February 2023…

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Read our new newsletter service

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