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Rage of the River: The Untold Story of Kedarnath Disaster

 
Hridayesh Joshi (Author) Vandana R. Singh (Translator) Bill Aitken (Foroward)
Synopsis

On 17 June 2013, a normally calm Mandakini came crashing down from the hills in Uttarakhand and destroyed everything in its path: houses, bridges, dams and the town of Kedarnath. Thousands of people perished and lakhs lost their livelihood. Three years after the disaster, stories from the valley-of pain and sorrow, the state government s indifference and the corporate goof-ups, and the courage and heroism shown by the locals in the face of an absolute catastrophe-still remain largely unheard of. While the government continues to remain in denial and chooses to ignore the environmental issues in Uttarakhand, the ravaged Kedarnath valley continues to haunt us-though the temple has been restored, given its religious importance and centrality to the local economy. NDTV journalist Hridayesh Joshi covered the floods in 2013, exposing the government s apathy and inefficiency. He was the first journalist to reach Kedarnath after the disaster and brought to light the stories from the mostremote parts of the state: areas cut off from the rest of the world. Woven into this haunting narrative is also the remarkable history of the ordinary people s struggle to save the state s ecology. Rage of the River is a riveting commentary on the socio-environmental landscape of Uttarakhand and is filled with vivid imagery of the calamity.

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About the authors

Vandana R. Singh

VANDANA R SINGH (b 1960), a Consultant Editor with the National Council for Educational Research & Training, New Delhi, has taught English language and literature for over a decade both in India and abroad. Currently Dr Singh is involved in research and compilation of women’s writings from Asia.

Bill Aitken

Bill Aitken is Scottish by birth, a naturalized Indian by choice. He studied comparative religion at Leeds University and then gutcg-hiked to India in 1959. He has lived in Himalayan ashrams, worked as secretary to a maharani, freelanced under his middle name (Liam Mckay) and undertaken miscellaneous excursions-from Nanda Devi to Sabarimala-on an old motorbike and by stam railway. Aitken has written on travel and tourism for newspapers and magazines in India for several years and is the author of The Nanda Devi Affair, Riding the Ranges and Branch Line to Elernity among other books.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rage of the River: The Untold Story of Kedarnath Disaster
Format Softcover
Date published: 29.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143425748
length xxviii+209p., 16 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Colour; 20cm.