This week, India made global headlines. We beat all other countries in one sphere. The World Health Organisation, in its latest report, listed the 20 most polluted cities in the world, and the top 14 are in India. Kanpur topped the list with a PM 2.5 level of 173, that is 17 times the safe limit. In close second place was Faridabad, with 172. The 3rd position goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi . The list includes the national capital Delhi, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur coming in 14th place. Is our government taking steps to combat air pollution? What does it take to stop accepting pollution as the price of progress?