People and Culture of Delhi
People and Population

Delhi is multi-cultured and multi-linguistic city with people from almost every parts of India. Delhi shares its borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The influence of these states can be found in the language and lifestyle of Delhi. People of Delhi are called "Delhi-ites". Delhi-ites are very advanced and open to embracing new customs and changes but at the same time they are very conscious of their culture. People of various caste, creed and culture live here with peace and harmony. This shows the "Unity in Diversity" among the people of Delhi. Growth of infrastructure, new avenues of business and employment have beckoned people from all parts of the country to migrate to Delhi in search of better livelihood. Today, Delhi holds the burden of additional population from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Uttranchal.

The diversity in culture of Delhi can be seen in festival season where people from different religion come together for a common cause. This diversity is clearly visible on occasions such as Holi (Festival of Hindu) and ID (Festival of Muslims) being celebrated with joy and brotherhood. The flavour of Christmas is made more penetrating by the enthusiasm of Guru Purab (Sikh festival). Same ecstasy can be seen during Diwali and Buddha Purnima. Due to this very factor, Delhi has been proudly abbreviated as "Dilwalon Ki Delhi" and there is no denying the fact that the people here are very open-hearted, lively and they love their life.

Migration from other states has made Delhi over populated and an extremely polluted modern city. There is hardly any residential space left in the city that is not occupied by citizens and dwellers. Delhi's population has increased manifold in the past few years. If the stats are be believed, Delhi's population has grown over forty percent in the last ten years and the population now stands close to around fourteen million. This is despite the fact that sixty percent of Delhi-ites are born elsewhere. The increase in population has made it imperative for neighboring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to take advantage of the situation and make inroads towards developing the region. This is quite vivid from the developments we see today in Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad. These cities have shared the burden of Delhi by accommodating the increasing global demand of business and outsourcing in the city. The infrastructure within NCR makes commuting between Delhi and NCR an easy ride.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the city has increased considerably in the last few years with investments in major sectors such as real estate India, Business Process Outsourcing, Information Technology, IT enabled services, Telecom, etc. This is not the end of the road; government is luring foreign investors to invest in other sectors as well. The governments of India and Delhi have made flexible policies to ensure optimum FDI in Indian industriese. The effect of such policies can be seen in the investment graphs. With the increase in industrial development over the last five years, Delhi has indeed become a major economical force of India along with the designation of being called the metropolitan city of India.

We all have seen and witnessed the developments taking place in Delhi but the city has a different side which has not been adhered to by the government. Yes, we are talking of the vast population of Delhi that still lives in Jhuggies and fight for livelihood. We all proudly boast the developments in the city but fail to have a peak into the slums that exist in small clutters in and around the posh societies.

Crime graph of the city has shown increasing trend in the fast few years with unsolved cases of rape, extortion, murders and robberies. This has certainly put a bad mark on Delhi's reputation and has led to many calling Delhi as the "Crime Capital of India".

Today, very few city residents call themselves as the "Real Delhi Walla" because the majority of population hails from Punjabi Hindu families originated from Lahore, Pakistan. Population of Delhi has increased by 50%, mainly because of the rapid economic growth and immigration. Well, the negative aspect of this very boom can be seen in the surroundings of Delhi which is overcrowded with immense traffic, housing shortage, pollution and hectic lifestyle.