Tuesday, 25th Apr 2017

Courage in Chaos: Early Rescue and Relief after the April Earthquake

Chautari Book Series - 86
2015 (2072 v.s.)


Yogesh Raj | Bhaskar Gautam

Pages: viii+90, Photos: 32, Price: 350
ISBN: 978-9937-594-13-4



Book review
SINHAS 21(1) by James Sharrock
भूकम्पको सामाजिक लेखा परीक्षण by दीपक अर्याल, हिमाल, २३-२९ साउन २०७३


Men and women of all classes, castes, and cultures facing the impact of the disaster showed impressive political action independent of the ‘normal’ alignments and pathways. In a very complex and threatening environment, the ordinary played courageous historical roles with every passing hour. The survivors struggled to endure the disastrous consequence while developing highly sophisticated support and governing processes that were often distinct from those framed by the ruling political class. Usually, their performance left substantial traces; sometimes, their footprints were hidden but no less real. Their struggles left a mark on our social institutions, cultural conventions, and political practices. This monograph is a small step towards excavating and archiving this multifaceted history of the common during the times of ruptures and repairs.


List of Abbreviations vii
Preface 1

One: In a Nutshell 7
Two: Equipoise amidst the Rubble 11
Three: Framing Approaches to Ruptures 17
Four: Soundings from the Ground 27
    Failures of Information Architecture 27
    Bureaucratizing Relief Measures 36
    Reproduction of the Status Quo 48
Five: Conclusion 63

Bibliography 67

Index 87

Courage in Chaos: Early Rescue and Relief after the April Earthquake