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The Underworld

The Underworld_Sabeela Rasheed

In a country like India, building over-bridges and flyovers is not just an affair related to
infrastructure but there is something that we tend to forget – life under a flyover. Flyovers are by
definition intermediaries. They connect places. For many, though, they are the destination –
Home. Through my Photo book ‘The Underworld’, I have tried to incorporate the people and their life revolving around these over-bridges and flyovers, particularly, in the capital – Delhi.

All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Flyover, New Delhi

All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Flyover, New Delhi

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Bihar, INDIA:

Disaster management experts of Bihar, SAARC countries and Nepal on Friday batted for putting in place early warning systems (EWS) and unrestricted data-sharing between India and Nepal to mitigate the impact of disasters – natural or manmade.

Since both India and Nepal have been facing repercussions of perennial floods due to common river system, representatives from both the countries met to discuss and share information, which were constructive in nature for the neighbours.

These experts shared their views at a consultative workshop organised on, ‘The exploring opportunities for cross-border early warning system between India and Nepal’ on the 6th day of flood safety week here on Friday.

Santosh Kumar, director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi, said, “Both the countries (India and Nepal) feel shy of sharing data owing to security reasons. As such, both nations are losing thousands of lives every year. At this juncture, surface water data needs to be shared as it can save many lives”.

He further said capacity building was crucial as it was part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that both the countries are likely to sign.

“Trans-boundary disaster is more disastrous because it involves more economic losses to both the countries. One trans-boundary disaster is equivalent to ten disasters in each country. As such, it is important to share information. Both the countries need to build trust for this,” Kumar added. K Saleem Ali, retired IPS officer and member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), speaking as the chief guest, said the focus should be on the root causes of floods.

“Every year we build embankments to stop floods but this is not the solution. Through research and scientific analysis, we need to study the geo-morphology of the area. Kosi has a conical fall. It has been observed that flood is caused in the eastern side but not in western side. It is because the western side has a better irrigation system. So, we need to take help of technology and build better irrigation systems in the western part as well. This will not only help prevent floods in Bihar but also change the state’s face on the economic front,” he added.

He said that the NDMA has a fund of Rs 1,000 crore, of which Bihar could get approximately Rs 80 crore for research, community based programmes, resilience work, demonstration of pilot project and EWS for disaster mitigation schemes. Participants at the workshop also laid stress on early warning system (EWS), which, they said, could help mitigate disasters in both the countries.

Dismissing charges that Nepal was reluctant to share data with India, Dinanath Bhandari, member of DRR, Nepal, said, “The fact is we do not adopt scientific methods to prepare data as we do everything manually. But now with the help of technology, we are collecting data, which we can share with our neighbours”.

Anil K Sinha, vice-chairman, BSDMA, Anuj Tiwari, senior advisor, BSDMA, Gehendra B Gurung, head of DRR and Climate Change, PASARO, Bhanu, Poorvanchal Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Bulbul Prasad, IDF, Paresh Saxena, IG, Terrorist Inspector, and other delegates from IMD, UNICEF also participated in the workshop that was jointly organised by Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) and Practical Action South Asia Regional Office (PASARO).

(Also published in Hindustan Times, Patna 06th June, 2014)

The documentary named “Gyan Ka Bahishkar- Rattamaar” is a student production work made under the guidance of Information and Public Relation Department (IPRD), Government of Bihar.

This documentary is made with an intention to highlight the present education system with its flaws. The growing tendency towards marks orientated system has proved detrimental to the course of producing young innovative fresh talent. This present system tends to put India and its student on back-foot when they are on the same stage with other countries of the world. The increase in the influence of the various coaching institutes and guide books is annihilating the grey cells within the young Indian students.
The education system in India presently requires some serious and sincere revision. India has always produced great scholars and still has the capability to do so if pertinent measures are taken in big time. This is our endeavour to raise our concern on this issue.

In the busy city of Old Delhi, situated in narrow lanes and dingy spaces, carrom clubs are thriving. The place is lighted up like a casino but the atmosphere is very friendly. National champions come here to practice and friends come here to have a good time.

An Audio Slideshow made with Nagen Singh and Qazi Zaid.

Okhla, a place in South East Delhi, India is a ghetto of muslims. They live in a huge population of about 5,00,000. The outsiders, who are not from this area, often call this place “Mini Pakistan’. We discovered how the people of Okhla feel about this.

Politics is always considered a serious issue in India but people are now extracting entertainment out of it. The general election of India in 2014, is crucial and the political parties are campaigning with the help of social media, pamphlets etc. This sound is how people are reacting to it.

I am a student of AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi. This was a college audio assignment, where we talked about the difference between school life and college life.