Here is an interesting article recommended by Nalaka Gunawardene:
Four years ago, this magazines editor, environmentalist Anil Agarwal, wrote a scathing comment after the Bhuj earthquake: Disasters come and go but our government has become a permanent disaster. While we are vulnerable to natural disasters cyclones, earthquakes, floods or droughts, and now the tsunami these temporary and preventable disasters turn into massive calamities because of the perpetual disaster that this countrys governance system has come to represent.
Why? Because earthquakes do not kill, the buildings do. Anil put the question: why, then, do we not build, in areas identified as seismic, earthquake-resistant structures? After all, traditional architecture took into account a regions vulnerability and so designed buildings that could withstand tremors. Why then does the proud, loudmouth, supposedly competent, modern India fail to build this simple knowledge into its daily reality?
We need to ask this question again today, even as we confront another appalling human tragedy. There will be another natural disaster, sooner or later. Thus what we do today will lessen the pain and suffering of those affected tomorrow. If we do not, it can only mean we are wilfully negligent. And after the Orissa cyclone, Bhuj and now the tsunami 3 natural disasters in 5 years even criminally so.