While Delhi has had this problem for the past two decades, recently people have begun associating it with climate change. But a retrospect into the West's industrial era helps us understand why Delhi is grappling with this air pollution — and it's not climate change.
India's failure to address poverty can be conveniently attributed to its population challenge, corruption (both in National and State governments), and its domestic policies. But the country can no longer deny the growing influence of the climate circus, which is beginning to impact its energy policy and eventually its economic growth.
While my undergraduate study did not leave any room for critical understanding of the science behind environmental sciences and climate change, my postgraduate study was at the other extreme.