Why such terrible question comes to my mind?I was born and brought up in the southern-most part of Calcutta (now Kolkata), which is very near to the Bay of Bengal. As a result, cyclone, cyclonic storm and rain have been known to me since my childhood. I still remember the cyclone and subsequent heavy rain in 1978. That was the only time I saw boats on the roads of Calcutta.
However, the system of naming cyclones and hurricanes has been new to me. Most probably Hurricane Katrina which reached the USA in August, 2005 was the first one which was named. I may not be correct in this regard, but that was the first time I heard the name of a hurricane. After Hurricane Katrina, I heard about Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Ophelia, Hurricane Iselle, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Philippe, etc. So far as cyclones are concerned, I have faced Cyclone Aila, Cyclone Laila, Cyclone Nilofar, Cyclone Phailin, etc.
But since morning, my convoluted mind has started asking question. Why are the cyclones and hurricanes named after ladies? Is it proper? Why would the names of women be associated with such natural disaster?
I think this is highly unfair. Before we receive objections from the women's lib proponents, we must develop a system of naming such natural disaster both in the names of men and women. A cyclone/hurricane may be named after male and the next one to be named after female.
This is my proposal. I want to have the opinion of other Members in this regard.