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 and modern perceptions of disasters in India, she also examines the representation of disasters in popular Indian cinema and provides a historical understanding of Indian perception of natural disasters and India's continuing failure to adequately contain damage to life and property.

This book will be extremely valuable to disaster research institutes and centers of disaster management studies. It is an ideal reference material for students of disaster management, environment science, environmental sociology, geography, development studies and social work.

Post-Independence (1947–90): Apathy and Blame

Post-independence (1947–90): Apathy and blame

India should hang its head in shame. In the prestigious annual World Press Photography contest, the award for the Photo of the Year 2004 went to a snapshot on India. It captures the grim reality of a woman sprawled near the corpse of a dear one on the sandy beach of Cuddalore. Her hands upturned to the sky seem to ask how she should go on living. Arko Datta of the Reuters took this photograph just two days after the tsunami hit the eastern coast of India. This is just one of the many photographs that could be retrieved from the archives. There would be those that belong to the Bengal famine, Uttarkashi earthquake, Latur earthquake, ...

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