I've been getting these forwards lately that compare the Katrina hurricane tragedy in the U.S. to the Mumbai monsoon crisis.
The comparison, in all these forwarded emails, begins with that declaration of odious originaility: 'Couldn't stop making this comparison..' (Really! Wonder what you'd have done if no-one had sent you the email.)
This mail notes, in excruciating pedantia, how Mumbai trumped New Orleans in various aspects.
inches of rain in New Orleans due to hurricane Katrina... 18
inches of rain in mumbai (July 26th).... 37.1
number of people to be evacuated in new orleans... entire city..wohh
number of people evacuated in mumbai...10,000
Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans...Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai.. NONE
So on and so forth...and it ends with a sorry tongue in cheek remark:
USA...world's most developed nation
India...third world country..
oopss...did i get the last fact wrong???
Well, I don't know about the facts, but the attitude...yes, it's wrong. (And what's with 'oopss'?)
It's tragically horrid that someone should resort to alpha-male thumping in a time of grief; in anyone's time of grief.
People don't suffer any less just because it's America.