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Thursday, September 08, 2005
> 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
> 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.
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...!
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