Compare the examples of the work done by Baron Haussmann in Paris and Lee Kuan Yew, almost a hundred years later, in Singapore. Discuss if physical comfort and beauty in the city can be introduced only by controlling social and private life. In your opinion, is this a good enough reason for the government to make rules about the way in which people should live their personal lives?

Q.:- Compare the examples of the work done by Baron Haussmann in Paris and Lee Kuan Yew, almost a hundred years later, in Singapore.Discuss if physical comfort and beauty in the city can be introduced only by controlling social and private life. In your opinion, is this a good enough reason for the government to make rules about the way in which people should live their personal lives?

 

Answer:-

Comparison Both Haussman and Yew planned to make life more livable in the two cities, but the methods adopted were different, partly due to the different times that they operated in. While Hausmann’s Paris had no place for the common man (350,000 people were displaced from the centre of Paris), Yew ensured that physical beauty was not given precedence over the living rights of the people.

He controlled the social life of the people and ensured uniformity of economic processes for all. Hausmann’s approach was to give civic amenities to the rich at the cost of others.
Discussion Yes, I agree that government should make rules that govern the way people should live their lives, because one person’s way of living life will affect all others who are in contact with him. People who do not have a civic sense and do not take responsibility in this regard need to be trained for this. This method of rebuilding cities will alter the lives of citizens so that they can really have a better life.