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From technology transfer to untangling the public dilemma: Media has a lot to do with researches
During a weekend of November last year, I got a call from the host of the popular show ‘Kitab ka kura’ [Book Talk Show] on Janata Television, a Nepali television program. He invited me on behalf of the editors to talk about the scholarly books which are really scarce in the developing world like Nepal. Since its publication, Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake has drawn considerable attention from several dimensions, including researchers, academicians, policy makers, students, among others. Furthermore, the public was also lured by the spectrum of the content especially in terms of multi-disciplinary prospects of the book. So was the case to the media.
The interview took nearly half an hour. The host presented a wide range of questions regarding the process of scientifically edited volumes like Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake itself. Furthermore, he asked about the influence of such books in contemporary understanding of the multi-disciplinary facets of mega-disasters like the Gorkha earthquake. From structural earthquake engineering to socio-cultural aspects of Gorkha earthquake, I discussed the implications and advancements put forth by the edited volume in the global panorama. My focus was on the ‘learning from failure’ scenario as the earthquakes like the Gorkha are once in a blue moon events and being prepared for the same with the paradigm displayed could save thousands of lives and millions, if not billions, of dollars at the same time.
The interview also focused on the prospect of similar researches in Nepal. Owing to the fact that Nepal is exposed to several impending mega events like earthquake, floods, landslides, among others, I mentioned that it would be a great opportunity for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to have the insights of every natural hazard. As case histories give a beacon to be prepared well as a popular hearsay remark, ‘Fortune favors the prepared only!’
As the heading of the interview can be translated as ‘Research is for humanity and service to mankind’, I mentioned that researches need to be propagated well and the more the findings are dissipated, the more effectively we could chase the common challenges of natural hazards like earthquakes.
Impacts and Insights of the Gorkha Earthquake is a conglomeration of science and art. The readers would get insights into structural earthquake engineering perspectives after the earthquake in one of the most active seismic regions in the world. The same insights would be also applicable to moderate seismicity regions as well. Despite the structural engineering, a preternatural phenomenon of aftershock activities and seismological implications have equipped the book to form an exhaustive account of one of the deadliest events of the 21st century so far. A thorough compilation of earthquake impacts since 1255 triggers the thirst of readers to delve into the more detailed accounts in terms of fatality, structural and lifeline damage, and socio-economic implications in contemporary settings. Readers may find a collection of facts and databases from right below the mountains to the southern plains where cultural, environmental, social, and economic statuses are playing a significant yet interesting role in the post-quake scenario. As a co-editor and a researcher in structural engineering, I assure the readers that the book is an exemplary collection of facts where the blending of science and other disciplines is well reflected.
-Examines details of Gorkha earthquake, including geo-seismicity, damage statistics, casualties, effect on cultural heritage, gender-risk mechanics, case studies of social institutions, urban-risk mechanics, rural-risk mechanics, resilience dimensions, social institutions in risk management, stories of resilience and failures and a critical review of efficacy of interventions in risk mitigation
-Offers future insights and ways forward in terms of risk reduction studies, socio-cultural dimensions of risk management, scientific intervention and policy making, implementation of existing frameworks and endorsement of resilient practices for Nepal
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