I wonder who coined the above idiom and certainly it seems to apply to an Indian situation to a T. The recent deluge we chennaiites experienced is an apt example where nature didn’t discriminate but those in authority seem to by trying to evict poor people residing in vulnerable areas and not touching the well off residing/owning properties situated in similar localities for reasons of their future safety. I remember during our visit to Cambodia, we saw the spectacle of ‘life on a lake’, Tonle Sap the largest permanent fresh water lake in Asia where people permanently live in houseboats parked around. It’s a’ village’ in water with all the amenities available. During rainy season the whole ‘village’ is towed to the mountains to return once summer sets in. Probably our politicians in power who make frequent trips abroad to ‘study’ and ‘improve’ conditions of the less fortunate (who form the majority of the electorate) should take a cue and try to translate their tall promises into action if they really have the public interest in mind.
n.meera raghavendra rao