In the time of natural disaster what
is needed is a coherent and visible strategy to help people. The plan should not
be driven by politics but the desire to aid those who are affected by it and not
for political gains. In this case, the priority should be the relief efforts
without pandering to political leaders who will often do little beyond conduct
aerial surveys. Natural disasters aren’t about how much each leader has done but
how many lives are saved.
Everything from not heeding the
weather warning, to the preparedness for floods makes the Uttarakhand tragedy
amplified by political incompetence. Even after the National Disaster Management
ity was put in place, it is headed by politicians, rather than experts or
a crack team. This is a political problem every step of the way.