Saturday, September 09, 2006

They help the most, who collaborate

As the local community in Nagapattinam district struggled to respond to the devasting impact of the December 2004 tsunami, some bloggers created an "on the fly" internet resource to direct help and focus. In the process they also created and archived a snapshot of the unfolding story. And many other independent bloggers documented, with pictures and poems, the reality that so easily gets hidden in statistics.

Last year I was in this district on a two-week study with three other officers of the Government of India. These blogs were an invaluable resource in understanding the situation and each actor's response to it.

Earlier today I met two of these bloggers: Peter Griffin and Dina Mehta. Hats off to both of them!

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2 comments:

Nanyaar? said...

wow

Sunil Bajpai said...

Good morning, my friend. I'm here at Tidel Park again this morning.

Let's see what the day has in store for us.