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Postcard From Agra

Adopt-a-school, highway protests and a fight to save the Taj Mahal

In one of India's biggest tourist cities:

  • The government is looking for NGOs and businesses to "adopt" the city's primary schools. These "parents" will be responsible for ensuring the schools meet certain standards, that children get regular meals and that teachers are qualified.
  • Preservationists debate how to save the disintegrating Taj Mahal.
  • Farmers protest a new highway.
  • A lack of moisture in the air and a thick layer of fog have combined to produce a truly awful stench in the city.

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About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.