In the Lalita Park area of Delhi, a five-storey residential building collapsed last Monday, killing at least 68 people and leaving over 150 injured. The tragedy brought out several contradictory aspects of human nature. Greed, benevolence, affection – all were on display.
The building was not very old. It was initially a one-room unit which grew into a 5-storey building about 15 years back. The foundation was weak and the design was faulty. Apparently, the builder was in connivance with police and civic authorities and all were driven by greed. No one had any concern for the safety of the people who would come to live in the building.
Once the tragedy took place, a large number of people tried to take advantage of the situation. They were not looking for survivors in the rubble. They were looking for valuables.They thronged hospitals not to help the injured, but to rob them of whatever little the tragedy had left them with.
There were others who rushed to the site immediately after the tragedy and used their own resources to pull people out of the rubble and take the injured to hospitals. But for their help, many more would have lost their lives.
There was also a mother who kept her baby glued to her chest after the building collapsed over them. The fact that both of them lost the battle of life does not undermine the sacrifice and love of the mother for the baby.
In all tragedies, the script is more or less the same. The challenge is how to make human beings more humane.