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This book presents a national-level analysis of disasters in the backdrop of the vulnerability of the Indian population. Offering an interdisciplinary perspective, it highlights that while conventional wisdom has persistently maligned ‘nature’ for disasters, majority of disasters in India are not due to ‘natural’ causes.

Vulnerable India: A Geographical Study of Disasters reconceptualizes the discourse on disaster and argues persuasively for the necessity of examining socio-economic vulnerability in relation to geography. With the aid of exhaustive research, comparative statistical analyses and data presented in the form tables and maps, it provides an incisive insight into 16 different disasters across 594 districts of the country. The author introduces new terms such as ‘disasterscape’, ‘disaster index’ and ‘vulnerability cluster’ for better understanding. Not only does she review traditional ...

Disasterscape Ascribed to the Naturals
Disasterscape ascribed to the naturals

To comprehend the characteristics of disasters of a country whose dimensions of area are so large and the variety of naturals are so many requires the selection of an appropriate approach. There always is more than one way. A possible path could have been to pick on any one type of ‘natural’, be it the cyclone or flood and study its ramifications across India. A second course could be to select all the disasters harboured by one physiographic region, let us say the Himalayas or the Gangetic Plain. A third approach could be to choose any one event like the earthquake at Latur in 1993 or the Bhuj earthquake of 2001 and then unfold its details. ...

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