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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

26, and broken homes

Two thoughts as the chaos of the last week winds down (well, we can hope).

One, how is it that no enterprising numerologist has raised his hand and pronounced sorrowfully that 26 is India's unlucky number? I mean, look at this: Kutch earthquake, 26 Jan. Tsunami, 26 Dec. Unprecendented deluge in Bombay, 26 July. (And, for effect, you could add such things as: Emergency declared, 25 June. Godhra, 27 February).

See a pattern? Me neither. But I'm betting some astrologer/palmist/something-like-that has. Probably many.

Two, which is more important: it's got to be asked like it was asked after the tsunami (e.g by me) why the utterly different reactions to the deluge and to the demolitions of slums in December and January?

After all, many of the people seriously affected by the rain lived in illegal slum homes. Example, Saki Naka landslide. If we applauded the demolition of their homes by the Municipality six months ago, why not applaud the demolition of their homes by pouring rain last week?

We've seen the news about the plight of people in Mandala in Mankhurd. But the people concerned in Mandala were driven from their homes, and watched them torn down, in January. With nowhere to go in the rains, they are going back to that land and building homes there again. (Just got back from spending the day there, watching this activity, will have more about that later).

The point: this deluge reminds us that there are serious civic issues here, urban issues, issues about our country. They won't go away by simply demolishing huts in the thousands, because if we try to do that, the rains only bring them to the surface again.

7 Comments:

Blogger Sriram Sharma said...

26'th jan is when India became a republic.

Tue Aug 02, 06:25:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger Neela said...

dilip

An answer to why people regard the tsunami/landslide demolitions as different from slum demolitions:

"If the observer attributes the victim's plight to uncontrollable factors, positive affect (e.g., sympathy) is likely to result. On the other hand, if the observer ascribes the actor's condition to internal, controllable factors, a negative emotional response (e.g., anger, disgust) is likely to occur. The emotional response of sympathy leads to helping behavior, whereas anger/disgust leads to avoidance or neglect."
(Russell, Gordon W & Mentzel Robert K, "Sympathy and Altruism in Response to Disasters," Journal of Social Psychology, June 90, Vol 130, Issue 3, Pg 309).

n!

Wed Aug 03, 08:40:00 PM GMT-7  
Blogger Dilip D'Souza said...

Neela old pal,

True enough, and thanks for the interesting pointer.

But may I submit: there is a degree of uncontrollability in the mushrooming of slum homes as well. In the sense that the people who live in them cannot afford -- or likely even find -- rental housing in this city that wants them to fill its jobs anyway. So there's a case for saying they are forced by circumstances beyond their control to live where they do.

Wed Aug 03, 10:01:00 PM GMT-7  
Blogger Neela said...

yes, but dilip, i think that part of the picture (people not having affordable housing) is not just as visible. people assign more control and therefore more blame to the slum-dwellers and therefore are ok with demolition while there is no justifiable controllable reason they can assign to a natural calamity.

another related hypothesis a professor at my school is investigating: the vividness of a natural event like floods or tsunamis and the potential to generate "it could happen to me" scenarios (in the sense of a natural calamity striking). which is not as easily generated in case of slums. (its more difficult to picture oneself living in a slum if one has not ever done so and therefore harder to generate a "it could happen to me" scenario).

n!

Wed Aug 03, 10:16:00 PM GMT-7  
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