Structural Inequality and Disaster Risk Reduction: An Indian Experience

  • Binod Kumar


In current context, disaster cannot be looked upon as a natural phenomena, rather disaster is a function of development. Sometimes disaster is caused by insufficient development of means to avoid crisis and sometimes aspect of development itself becomes the reason for crisis. The vulnerability approach to disaster reduction goes beyond the concern of being exposed to disastrous event. It has been demonstrated that vulnerability can be counterbalanced by resilience. However, resilience could only be attained when society is structurally equal and resources are accessible to all segments of society. In this backdrop, paper underscores caste in all cycles of disaster to develop a holistic view on disaster and structural inequality which has been at the fringe of disaster scholarship. Besides, it also unravels the state’s approach (law and practices) to manage disaster through case studies.


Caste Dalit Disaster Hazard Risk Vulnerability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Binod Kumar
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  1. 1.Assistant Professor, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, University of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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