In 2010, Madhuraj, the staff photographer of Mathrubhumi daily, returned to the Endosulfan affected regions of Kasaragod, Idukki and Palakkad. It was a continuation of his arduous journey to Kasaragod in 2001 and 2006. Notably, the last ten years were a banning period of Endosulfan aerial spraying. Nevertheless, these pictures are evidences to the fact that no substantial improvement in living conditions of the victims took place during this interval. Moreover, they indicate the probable repetition of genetic mutations in future generations. The stories reveal the fallacy of the already declared governmental compensations for the affected. Many who live in these places are still ignorant of the fact that Endosulfan, a lethal chemical pesticide, is the sole reason behind their physical and mental sufferings. And many of them were not even included in any surveys conducted by the Government and NGOs. Madhuraj conducted his photo survey ‘only’ in four out of eleven gram-panchayats in Kasaragod where aerial sprayings were carried out. It means the magnitude of the tragedy is even greater. Included are also similar photos taken from Muthalamada of Palakkad district and Kattappana of Idukki district. 

Died unlived and living dead
Madhuraj
It was on December 26th of 2000 that the aerial spraying of endosulfan was conducted for the last time in Kasaragod hills. The temporary banning was the result of a long legal fight against the poison rain by a woman. Her name is Leelakumari Amma, an officer of Agriculture department. She won a temporary stay order in October 18, 1998 and a permanent stay in October, 2000. In 2005, Kerala Government, under the instruction of Central Insecticide Board, banned the production and distribution of Endosulfan. Prior to that, the Banerjee Commission, constituted by the Central Government, in its 1991 report had already recommended banning endosulfan in water rich zones across India. But the Central Agriculture Ministry neglected it. (Kasaragod is a land of thirteen rivers!) But a mere ban could not prevent the long lasting effects of a 20 year pesticide poisoning. It caused severe health problems leading to untimely deaths, many hundreds became seriously ill, and altered the environment & ecosystem. Below are the testimonies of its severity in Kasaragod. 
The Kerala Government had officially declared 11 panchayats in Kasaragod as Endosulfan affected. But, in reality almost 39 panchayats are severely inflicted by it. 
 
Photos that ‘scream’ towards us
Manila C Mohan
Sharanya of Palakkad, the girl with large head on the front cover of Mathrubhumi weekly, is not looking at the lens of photographer Madhuraj, but straight to the eyes of every one of us. Sainaba, the girl child with overdeveloped head of Kasaragod, screamed in feeblest voice for us to hear. Sujith of Mooliyar posed in front of the camera emotionless for us to see. In that look, scream and pose the word ‘us’ and its logic exploded breaking the barriers of time, place and race. Madhuraj is the son of Bhargavi Amma and Karunakaran who was the owner of Seeko Studio in Payyannur. Theirs is a communist family. Seeko was the second studio of Payyanur. It was obvious that Madhuraj spent most of his childhood, boyhood and youth days in his father’s studio. His father’s was an old school style in photography not focused on the creativity that we now stress in contemporary photography. Though Madhuraj secured a degree in Commerce, he was resolved to continue his pursuit in photography which he had begun assisting his father during the classical black and white time. 
It was during his school days that Madhuraj met his guru (the master). Johnsy Jacob, the renowned environmentalist who sowed the seeds of environmental awareness in his disciples even before the common Keralites heard the term ‘environment’, is his guru. Madhuraj was a frequenter of Johnsy master’s nature classes, which inspired him to establish nature clubs in his school and his native place, Kandankali. His communist faiths, obsession for bird watching, campaigning for Soochimukhi (a magazine initiated by Johnsy master), wide reading and nature club activities had moulded eco-friendly political views in him. It was a natural transformation. Johnsy master succeeded to inculcate a holistic environmental approach in his disciples, including Madhuraj. 
Thus he begun a professional career combining the scopes of photography inherited from his father and resolutions in social activities inspired by his