Selvaprakash Lakshmanan: India’s Troubled Coasts

 
Photograph/ Selvaprakash Lakshmanan

Photograph/ Selvaprakash Lakshmanan

This story was originally published in July 2014.

“The protests are honest, but sadly the government doesn’t listen.”

“The protests are honest, but sadly the government doesn’t listen.”

Selvaprakash Lakshmanan started his project in 2008 where he initially documented the clashes between the Indian fisherman and the Sri Lankan navy.

But this human rights issue transformed to one focusing on environmental issues.“Life in Troubled Waters was a transformation—the more places I visited, the more glimpses I caught of the problems of the fishermen,” Lakshmanan says.

His project is mainly self funded. He journeys for hours to document the adversities of the fishermen. On one of his trips to Idinthakarai, Tamil Nadu, he photographed residents protesting outside a nuclear power facility being built on the shores. He recollects a fisherman telling him how either the radiation or the ignorance of the authorities would kill them. He mentions, “The protests are honest, but sadly the government doesn’t listen.” Until now he has covered the coast from Chennai to Gokarna. He plans to cover all 4400 miles of India’s coastline and produce a book highlighting the plight of the fishermen. You can follow the project on facebook.com/LifeinTroubledWaters

— Written by Siddhi Desai

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