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An enormous amount of urban planning, civil engineering, governance and adjudication, and maintenance of public goods — physical ones like toilets as well as intangibles such as law and order — and plans to deal with unexpected events go into the creation of this city. Those are pretty much the main elements surrounding the creation of any city in the world. The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of humanity in the world. As social scientists, we don’t have the luxury to design experiments in the lab, so we are predisposed to take full advantage when these situations occur.
Tarun Khanna is an author and an economic strategist. He is currently the Jorge Paulo Lemann professor at Harvard Business School;where he is a member of the strategy group,and the director of Harvard University's South Asia initiative since 2010. Khanna has authored several scholarly works, articles and books;most notable being his 2008 book - Billions of Entrepreneurs:How China and India are Reshaping Their Futures and yours.
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