Assessing Sri Lankan Northern province, 3 years after the war – RK Radhakrishnan, Oct. 31, 2012

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In a series of articles for The Hindu, and a cover story for Frontline magazine, Nirupama Subramanian, now Associate Editor of  The Hindu, who was based in Colombo from 1995 and 2002, and I, based in Colombo since Dec.2010, have attempted to bring forth how the war-ravaged Northern Province looks and copes today, three years after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers.

We traveled extensively in the province, looked at the developments and spoke to a wide cross section of people across the Jaffna peninsula and the Vanni, before we wrote a series of articles for The Hindu, and for Frontline. In all, we have compiled three stories for Frontline – one, a largish, 6000-word piece on what the ground looks like, and how the people perceive it, another on the government’s view point, as articulated by its Foreign Minister G.L.Peiris, and a third, which looks at the infrastructure development that is taking place across the Northern Province.

The Frontline issue dates Nov.3-16, 2012 (Volume 29, Issue 22), went online on October 30. The print edition is out on the stands in India.

All pictures, barring two, are mine. I am not a professional photographer: I am on the learning curve and have been taking pictures for The Hindu and Frontline regularly since I have been posted in Colombo. The Hindu’s Chief Photographer, N.Sridharan, approved a suggestion of Editor Siddharth Varadarajan, to allot me a professional camera (D-7000). Photo Editor D.Krishnan, and Senior Photographer S.R.Raghunathan, put me through the paces. It is difficult to assess the pictures in the online edition since only low-res pictures have been used for the online version!

Here are the link to the three stories:

Our assessment: http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20121116292200400.htm

The GL Peiris interview: http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20121116292201800.htm

Development efforts in the North: http://www.frontlineonnet.com/stories/20121116292202000.htm

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