32 minutes | Oct 21st 2020

Chatroom 4: The water carriers of Calcutta and other matters

Season 1, CHATROOM 4 The Water Carriers of Calcutta, and other matters Why do so many colonial cities in the developing world not have piped water? Many parts of old cities in India still employ bhistis, or water carriers, to take water to people who don’t have pipes — though they are a fading breed, and being replaced by water tankers. We speak to historian Pratik Chakrabarti of the University of Manchester Time Markers (mins: sec) 0:10 Gunga Din by Rudyard Kipling 2:32 Episode synopsis 5:23 Infectious disease is linked to poverty 6:30 Quarantine was a major tool to curb disease 7:30 The British install two separate water systems in colonial cities 9:25 The legacy of the dual water system continues 13:12 Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘My Reminiscences’ 13:55 The British said they couldn’t afford infrastructure upgrades in India 17:01 The British extracted 15 million pounds from India in 1900 17:59 Race, filth and disease got intermingled 22:58 Is quarantine good or bad? 26:06 Similarities between cholera and Covid19 28:42 Will Covid19 change our societies? Guests Pratik Chakrabarti Resources Transcript Reading Suggestions Share Episode Twitter Facebook WhatsApp  Sign up for updates   EMAIL Reading List Chakrabarti, P. (2015). Purifying the river: Pollution and purity of water in colonial calcutta. Studies in History, 31(2), 178–205. https://doi.org/10.1177/0257643015586908 Chakrabarti, P. (2010). Curing cholera: Pathogens, places and poverty in south asia. International Journal of South Asian Studies, 3, 153–168. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3160492/ The project gutenberg ebook of my reminiscences, by sir rabindranath tagore. (n.d.). Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://www.gutenberg.org/files/22217/22217-h/22217-h.htm
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