[Reader-list] Fwd: [YSC] Fwd: On the Hindu Photograph, 17-06-10

Pheeta Ram pheeta.ram at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 22:35:51 IST 2010

I am pretty sure The Hindu group must have celebrated before publishing this
picture. Have you forgotten the hue and cry Indian media raised when BDR (
Bangladesh Army) killed our soldiers and carried them the same way. Its a
pity that the state of affairs and the affairs of THE STATE and its STOOGES'
( read the Indian media) have come to such a pass. Don't worry guys, you're
only hastening things.

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM, Rakesh Iyer <rakesh.rnbdj at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM
> Subject: [YSC] Fwd: On the Hindu Photograph, 17-06-10
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> From: Geetha V <geethv at gmail.com>
> Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM
> Subject: [genderstudies:79] On the Hindu Photograph, 17-06-10
> To: aditya at kafila.org, ncc <nccindia at yahoogroups.com>, edit at epw.org.in,
> genderstudies at googlegroups.com, Nalini Rajan <nalinirajan at gmail.com>,
> Kavita
> Panjabi <kavip at vsnl.com>, Revathi R <revathi.work at gmail.com>, Padma
> Venkataraman <aramangai at gmail.com>, umafam <umafam at gmail.com>, cpiml
> shankar
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> Dear friends
> We have sent the following letter to The Hindu - we are not sure if it will
> be carried. But we thought we should circulate it widely.
> Best regards
> V. Geetha, S V Rajadurai
> The Editor
> The Hindu
> Sir
> We are shocked to see the photograph featured in The Hindu, dated
> 17-06-2010, which shows security personnel in West Bengal, carrying the
> body
> of a woman killed in a purported raid on a Maoist hideout. The woman's body
> had been trussed up like the carcass of a dead animal. The photo speaks
> volumes of how the Indian state views those it considers a threat to the
> internal security of the nation - as people beneath its contempt and
> consideration. The photo featured alongside that of the dead woman shows a
> 'captured' young adivasi man, barely past his adolesence - a face that
> could
> stand in for a large number of disenfranchied, poor and desperate tribals,
> who are being treated as enemies of the state for merely wanting to lead a
> life of autonomy and diginty. Merely labeling the dead woman and this young
> man 'Maoist' does not explain the reasons for their disenchantment with the
> Indian state's policies, both at the regional and national levels -
> policies
> which are calculated to deprive them of their right to life and livelihood.
> Nor does such a labeling take away from the cynical and outrageous
> disregard
> and disrespect that these photos represent.
> There is a civic decorum that democratic life demands we share, and the
> media is as much a party to this compact. But when the media presents such
> photos without comment, and agrees to treat a section of the Indian
> citizenry as little more than animals to be hunted, one wonders what the
> democratic contract* *is all about - perhaps it is a lovely fiction that we
> all like to invoke when struggles for equality and justice turn violent;
> and
> which we allow ourselves to forget when we feel triumphant over our
> poltiical opponents or when we wish to endorse those who are clearly
> enemies
> of the people, as in the Bhopal case.
> S. V. Rajadurai
> V. Geetha
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