ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Politics of Relief IT is hardly surprising that some of the victims of the Maharashtra earthquake refused early this week to accept the houses being built for them on the ground that they were inappropriate and that the concerned people had not been consulted about their needs. For, ever since the quake, while the government has certainly acted more promptly than one has been given to expect in the recent past, it has tended to treat the victims as mere recipients of largesse. Moreover, it is now obvious that the state government and its various agencies have no clue about planning and delivering relevant and appropriate relief measures. Partly this is due to the agencies' blinkered approach, and partly it is dictated by the needs of parliamentary politics.

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