Here is a thought experiment for the readers of Shunya's Notes. Let's say you have been cut-off from all news for a long weekend and have just been informed that 200 people died in India yesterday from a single event. The only other detail given to you is that the event is one of the following:
- A bubonic plague in the city of Nagpur.
- Indiscriminate bomb blasts/shootings by Pakistani terrorists in Mumbai.
- A Naxalite guerrilla attack in Chattisgarh against the police and "class enemies".
- Shortly after takeoff, a plane crashes outside Chennai.
- Food poisoning at a big marriage party in Trivandrum.
- Indiscriminate bomb blasts/shootings by Indian Muslim terrorists in Mumbai.
- A Hindu-Muslim communal riot in Hyderabad.
- A levee breach that floods and drowns a few villages in Bihar.
- A Hindu pogrom against Muslims in Ahmedabad with tacit support from government officials.
- A chemical industrial disaster in Kanpur (poisonous gas leakage).
Reorder the list such that 1 is the event you find most upsetting, 10 the least (yes, they're all upsetting but some more than others, right?). I have used copy/paste to create mine in the first comment; add yours too — but don't look at mine just yet; finish your own ordering first!
(Photo: "India: Liberty and Death" Time
Magazine Cover, October 27, 1947.)