OpED: Does Delhi’s Air Pollution Take A Toll On The Mental Health Of Millennials?

It’s no secret that Delhi has become the most polluted city in the country.

With heavy smog obscuring visibility and people wearing masks just to step out and get something from the nearby store, it resembles a land straight out of a dystopian novel.

Worse Since Diwali

The situation has worsened since Diwali, with some blaming the high levels of pollution on Delhiites breaking the rules and bursting crackers, and others claiming that farmers from Punjab and other northern states set their fields ablaze during this time, and the winds pushed the smoke towards Delhi, adding to the pollution.

The Land Of Dreams?

Countless millennials have migrated to Delhi from various parts of the country, seeking better jobs and education.

It has come to be seen as a sort of Land of Dreams.

But at what cost?

Is it worth living in the land of dreams if it results in asthma, pulmonary diseases, and other pollution-related problems?


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Mental Health And Pollution

People don’t usually use the terms ‘mental health’ and ‘pollution’ in the same sentence. However, they are quite closely linked. Here’s how:

  • High levels of pollution in Delhi lead to people, especially those who grew up elsewhere and are not accustomed to it, developing various health problems.
  • This, in turn, takes a toll on productivity in terms of job and studies.
  • Low productivity and ill health lead to discontent, frustration, and possibly even monetary issues.
  • As a result, a person’s mental health gradually starts to get affected.

Watch my video on the same here:

Delhiites need to pull together to clean up the air they breathe, if they want to see the betterment and progress of the next generation.


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