Advertisement
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
Outlook.com

A People Still At Sea

Money, housing, relief material, tools of trade... governments and civil society pitch in to rehabilitate the tsunami-hit fisherman. But can they give him back life as he knew it?

A People Still At Sea
AP
A People Still At Sea
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53
When Baskaran, a fisherman in Nochikuppam, Chennai, is asked what the fisherfolk normally eat for breakfast—is it gruel with dried fish?—he gets angry. "We are not poor people to eat kanji (rice gruel)," he says. "We are rich. We used to eat idlis or dosa with korma for breakfast. We lived the good life."

Baskaran’s midway lapse into the past tense may be a cruel twist inflicted by the tsunami, but few helping him today can understand the reality he lived by. Like the adivasi who is in a symbiotic relationship with the forest, people like Baskaran too live by and subsist on the forest they call the sea. But, for a civil society ignorant of fisherfolk ways, the best of efforts and the most honest of intentions are falling woefully short of giving them back what they have lost.

Not that there is any dearth of effort on the part of the government or the civil society. Till last count, 8,90,885 people were deemed affected in Tamil Nadu. The government has promised Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of each of the 7,921 people declared dead. By January 2, most families in...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Punjab Congress Crisis: Razia Sultana Steps Down From Cabinet In 'Solidarity' With Sidhu

Two Punjab Congress office-bearers also resigned from their posts following Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President on Tuesday.

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

Zojila Tunnel Work Is Challenging But Govt Has Strong Will To Complete It In Time: Gadkari

The union minister visited the Zojila tunnel, which will be the longest tunnel in Asia, and reviewed the progress of work.

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Blitz Stuns Punjab As Mumbai Revive IPL Playoff Hopes

Hardik Pandya finally showed glimpses of his destructive prowess with the bat.

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Kanhaiya Kumar Joins Congress, Dalit Leader Jignesh Mevani Extends Support

Former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was previously with the CPI(M) while Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is an independent MLA from Gujarat and the convener of RDAM.

Advertisement