Vice-versa again

While I’ve been busy writing silly blog posts to avoid working, another blog feud seems to have occurred. What I can gather is this. Shivam wrote a post about the Kherlanji Massacre, and put up some photographs. And what became the bone of contention? Whether he should have put up the photographs or not.

How and why the media should use photographs keeps cropping up, doesn’t it? (Like the picture from the Gujarat riots, the one from the Bhopal tragedy, the one from the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, oh, so many of them!) And it will, as long as we have consciences. There are tremendous ethical debates on this, I am sure, and I don’t want to talk about those.

Instead, I want to ask, what did the picture do, that it caused such a furore? It showed me what rape was, what rape does; I didn’t want to know. It refused to let me imagine people with just their faces; I didn’t want to know about bodies. There is a poignant passport photograph, I have a passport photograph with the same blue background; I don’t want to see it.

Write about caste, Shivam, write about gender too. Write about them; use words, not pictures. They are political issues, Shivam, write about them dispassionately. Write neutrally; write to make me think, but don’t force me to feel. Don’t use photographs, Shivam, don’t make the political, personal.

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for this post

  2. You’re welcome.

  3. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now we sit back and see who wins the five stars!

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