Anshu Gupta

Roti रोटी

Gujarat Earthquake


A man grinding Bajra with the remnants of his mill after the Gujarat earthquake (2001)

In Kutch, the earthquake destroyed about 60% of food and water supplies and around 258,000 houses, 90% of the district's housing stock*.

While relief comes flooding during disasters, it ignores the need at times. For example tons of wheat and rice was received in relief, but the need was of bajra which is a staple for people of the region. When I visited this area I noticed how, every member of the community pitched in 10 to 20 rupees to get a mill restarted and then whatever little bajra they had left stored at home was grinded here and put to use.

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