Having been born and brought up in a seismic zone I am familiar with earthquakes.
Having worked across the Northeast for a little more than a decade in the same area prone not only to conflict but natural disasters, I have done the drill. But I have never had the opportunity to report the aftermath of an earthquake.
Watching the reportage from a ‘capital distance’ has allowed me a perspective and an insight to the disconnect that geographical distances can affect.
For someone who has been lamenting the disinterest of media in areas like Sikkim I must admit that the reaction time of the Sikkim coverage and the manner it has sustained is quite significant.
The Richter scale has certainly shaken the media, bringing home pictures and stories of the disaster on the hour. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to negotiate that highway from Siliguri to Gangtok and then to Mangan. It must have taken hours of patience to overcome the landslips and broken bends