As a contribution to the evolving literature on the social vulnerability of people and places to environmental hazards, Kapur’s book provides an excellent overview of India’s disasterscape… Vulnerable India is a valuable reference for anyone interested in studying natural disasters in India or vulnerability to disasters in developing countries. The information compiled from many different sources and presented in this book fills an important gap, because reliable data on disasters in India and their social implications are not easily available.
The interdisciplinary approach and content of this book make it an outstanding contribution to the disaster literature…The facts of Indian disasters are described from a bird- and an insect-eye’s view….It successfully establishes a sense of human vulnerability to disasters in India…it is an essential read for practitioners and students across various disciplines including geography, sociology, environment, development and disaster studies.
The finely parsed data might make for dense reading, but it also provides a comprehensive reference and a timely indictment of the weak state response and infrastructure that have caused so many more lives to be lost than need have been.
The book shows that the rigor of academic work can pave the foundations for practical action by policy makers and decision-makers. Aesthetically designed and attractively printed, Vulnerable India is worth its price.
Vulnerable India is an outstanding research on calamities and their disastrous consequences for communities that they befall. The book researches the underprivileged, the poor, the disadvantaged and the disabled, dissecting how they are affected by natural disasters.
Presentation of such diverse and detail statistics requires an enormous amount of research and such a collection would be hard to come by. It stands out in the crowd for its immense informative value. The book is an ideal reference material for students of disaster management, environmental science, environmental sociology, geography and development studies. The print quality, colourful graphs and maps will create an immediate positive impression on the minds of the intended buyers.
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