Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Reading Susan Sontag's 'On Regarding the Pain of Others' today, I was reminded of that famous line: to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude. Arundhati Roy criticises the framing of the Mumbai terror attacks as India's 9/11 and insists on including in the picture everything that we love to forget: Hindu terrorism, Indian nationals involved in terror attacks, innocent people accused of terrorism, the Indian army training terrorist proxies in neighbouring states, and those three elephants in the room - Kashmir, Gujarat and Babri Masjid.

November isn't September, 2008 isn't 2001, Pakistan isn't Afghanistan and India isn't America. So perhaps we should reclaim our tragedy and pick through the debris with our own brains and our own broken hearts so that we can arrive at our own conclusions.

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