Kerala’s Fishermen, the Unsung Superheroes of a National Disaster

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Kerala’s Fishermen, the Unsung Superheroes of a National Disaster

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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oung urban Indians are like Greece: Our Instagram aesthetic defines us and we are constantly trying to ignore the very real problems plaguing us internally. The Kerala floods then, have acted as a stark reminder of several things: our mortality, the fickleness and superficiality of our lives, and our complete blindness to the ecological disaster we are in the middle of. It’s hard not to be petrified by the wrath of mother nature while scrolling through social media feeds filled with scenes of utter devastation and turmoil.

Yet, one set of heroes has managed to break through our apathy and indifference: Kerala’s fishermen who have aided the rescue efforts standing shoulder to shoulder with the authorities.

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