Thursday, January 6, 2005
Tsunami relief -- credibility question
Like the Gujarat earthquake and the earlier Latur quake, the tsunami waves have in turn opened floodgates of relief. Individuals and organisations are announcing aid for victims. Sometimes I wonder if there is a competitive element in it -- like the "I gave more than him" sort.
Even though there is a lot of skepticism on whether all the money is reaching the affected people, the way people are taking out their cheque books is amazing. I wish people exhibited the same sort of sensitivity at normal times!
One thing I noticed was that generally people distrust the PM's and CM's Relief Fund. Most people I spoke to preferred contributing to relief funds of well-known newspapers or TV channesl -- an indication of the respective levels of credibility. Yesterday, I saw heaps of cheques at my office. Also it feels good that people are trusting the organisation you work for with their cheques.