Residents of a depressed eastern Indian town are painting it pink in a bid to boost morale and cut crime. Aurangabad, in India's Bihar state, had a lot of Maoist rebel activity, and suffered from killings, extortion, kidnapping and inter-caste wars, Arvind Kumar Singh, a senior local government official, told AFP.
“We are hoping that the color pink, which is soothing and pretty, will erase these blots from the past and make the town look attractive,” Singh said of the plan, which kicked off in June. “I am also hoping it will foster constructive and positive thinking among the residents,” he said. “We want to make this town a model which will stand out on the map of India for the right reasons.”
The prettier-in-pink concept came from the dominant Rajput community, who moved to Bihar from the western desert state of Rajasthan. Rajastan's capital, Jaipur, is known as the “pink city.”
“Only a few buildings in Jaipur are painted pink. Aurangabad will actually be the country's real pink city,” explained Singh.
Aurangabad is home to about 150,000 people, and Singh said about 90 percent of the town, government and private buildings included, are now painted pink. “The people — Hindus, Muslims, (upper caste) Brahmins and (lower caste) Bumihars — all thought it was a good idea to bring about a change in the mindset of people, boost their morale and beautify the place,” he said. But he stressed that it was too early to tell if the crime rate had gone down.”The scheme has just taken off, let's see how it works.”
1. morale n.
士氣 (shi4 qi4)
2. extortion n.
勒索 (le4 suo3)
例: Prominent businessmen are often victims of extortion.
3. foster v.t
培養 (pei2 yang3)
例:If we want to achieve harmony with our neighbors we should try to foster good relations with them.
4. dominant adj.
佔首位的 (zhan4 shou3 wei4 de5)
例: When buying a car price is often the dominant factor.