ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Construction of Calamities in the Uttarakhand Himalaya

Hydropower projects on the Uttarakhand rivers have proven to aggravate the severity of floods, making them calamitous. In addition, these projects have also increased the vulnerability of the mountain villagers towards disasters, while giving these an unsettling everydayness and a spiralling effect. Projects have evaded accountability and responsibility for such disasters by opportunistically deeming these as devi aapda, or natural calamities, even as the line between natural and human-made calamities has become more blurred than ever.

India’s Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts Need to Be Revised for a More Inclusive Approach to Disaster Management

India’s relief and rehabilitation efforts are short-lived and unable to comprehensively or proactively deal with disasters. With floods wreaking havoc throughout the country, there is a need to look deeper into the inefficiencies that currently mark these efforts and rethink how they can be made more inclusive and extensive.

Caste Discrimination in Relief

A fact finding committee on the impact of floods and relief work in Viluppuram and Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu finds that Dalits are discriminated against when it comes to distribution of relief material and allocation of funds. 

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