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Thursday, September 08, 2005

the low: mumbai vs orleans???

Forwarded mail
> Couldn't' stop making this comparison..
> inches of rain in new orleans due to hurricane katrina... 18
> inches of rain in mumbai (July 27th).... 37.1
> population of new orleans... 484,674
> population of mumbai.... 12,622,500
> deaths in new orleans within 48 hours of katrina...100
> deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37.
> number of people to be evacuated in new orleans... entire city..wohh
> number of people evacuated in mumbai...10,000
> Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans...Countless
> Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai.. NONE
> Time taken for US army to reach new orleans... 48hours
> Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai...12hours
> status 48hours later...new orleans is still waiting for relief, army and
electricty
> status 48hours later..mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual
> USA*...world's most developed nation
> India...JUST A DEVELOPING NATION..

How low can we go?
Couldnt help but respond. This is for all that try to make a comparision in the face of a human crisis/tragedy.

Response
Man,

A very helpful mail to scale up the scale of the issue.

But Katrina was a Storm man, What happened in Mumbai was plain RAINFALL!!! Both are never the same. Add up the lashing winds and collapsing lines/houses and you have a different problem altogether.

But I wish the mail had gone on to make clear that even the fabled land of dreams is not as easy as its described. Questions that need to be asked are "Is there is a national health care; is there a real housing policy? Are there is safety nets for those who have lost their jobs and homes? Putting pink wrist bands on victims looks like a way to ID people but it also treats them like a cost factor".

Same things that are bad here in mumbai too! This is a time for collective action against mindless hype and talking figures. Prolly time to shed the jingoist tendencies of both US of A and us.

Both cases, it was the people that bounced back to help others, the govt. was def. late in reacting. Im not sure of the scale of the problem in N.O, but hell we expected better.

The comparisions maybe true, but simple misdirected jingoism doesnt feed mouths, nor does it help the homeless guys nor resurrect the people swept away in the floods.

What we have here is a monumental human tragedy folks. Its not competition for deux! We cant have competition in death & misery!!!

Lets not get embroiled in the stupid talk of the politicians. C'mon folks, there are lot more things to do than just talking the air-talk of the politicos. Leave the smell and shit to them, hopefully we can make some manure of the shit around...!

P.S
And next time on, can we stick to the good old SI system, centimetres, meters? Gets tough thinking of inches you know, i mean here the rainfall was 96 cms, 37 inches is hard to get accustomed to!
|| KoPoS, 6:33:00 PM

8 Comments:

Hi Poorna,

You should check out my post on the same subject! Our views match!

Keep writing!
Blogger mysorean, at 3:18 PM  
@adi
Thanks for dropping by. And how i wish ppl stop forwarding these mails & and when confronted telling it was just a harmless comparison. The fact is its not!
Blogger KoPoS, at 3:26 PM  
Before you all get too full of yourselves you should know we had people rescuing victims of the floods as soon as the hurricane force winds passed. And I doubt seriously if you could have brought the resources to bear on this problem that we did without the military. We had 3000 people rescued just by helicopters within the first 24 hours. You couldn't have accomplished that even with your military.
Blogger TeeBubba, at 11:28 AM  
Dearest Bubba,

Pls take time and read the complete post and _then_ we shall talk.
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Blogger KoPoS, at 10:38 AM  
at the time of crisis and loss, we seem to take pride in being cynical of everything and everybody around..I got this mail too and was disgusted completely! the author has no clue as to what a 145 mph of category hurricane could do to a city that is already below sea level!

if a boeing could be swept off and displaced,that power is not known clearly to many people!


i came via Kumari's blog...a very nice blog u got here!
Blogger IBH, at 7:32 PM  
@ibh
very true all that you said. 145 mph hurricane :O thats just mind-numbing!

and also thank you :)
Blogger KoPoS, at 7:34 PM  
Hopeless guys da! Basically when we get emails for being proud of a diamond some guy found in his house which is worth 7 times the GDP of India , this is nothing when compared to those.
Blogger Whoiscb, at 2:38 PM  
@cb
aaaah yes! you rekindle my memory about "that" secret!
Blogger KoPoS, at 2:41 PM  

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