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.

Globalization 1990 Onwards: Recognition Not Realization

Globalization 1990 onwards: Recognition not realization

India's new economic policy in 1992 put on air its decision to join the race for globalization. The philosophy of globalization is free trade, open markets, fair competition and barrier less movement of money, people and ideas. The promise of globalization is not dependent on public sector. While the government is a facilitator, the key player is the private sector.

How is globalization related with the recognition to disasters? At the outset there may seem no apparent bond, but globalization has ushered an undercurrent of a risk society—‘Disasters are a deep institutional crises of the phase of industrial modernity’ (Beck 1998). The risk of collapse of financial markets, the danger of trans-national trading, the breach ...

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