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The Stigma And Smear Of Terrorism

Shiv Visvanathan in the Asian Age on l'affaire Rahul Bhatt:

When a person is connected even inadvertently with a terrorist, a pall of suspicion envelopes the individual and his friends. A barrage of accusations and questions hammer the family. It turns defensive explaining events, ideas and conversations, one would have not thought of. Freedom after all is the Freedom from suspicion. But as you watch a family run a gauntlet of question marks, you begin to reflect on certain things.

Terror at a collective level is anonymous. You do not know who it is going to hit. But terror creates an ambience of suspicion around people. Many innocent people get marked as suspects. They are haunted by the stigma of question marks. It is a symbolic branding which can destroy friendships or even the taken for granted world you have lived so happily in.

Terror dissolves the everydayness of the world. It destroys it twice: once for the suspect and also more poignantly for his family and friends. 

Read the full piece: Stigma of the question mark haunts and hurts

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, it is business as usual as Mahesh Bhatt films are getting disrupted and cancelled.

The Stigma And Smear Of Terrorism
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Shiv Visvanathan in the Asian Age on l'affaire Rahul Bhatt:

When a person is connected even inadvertently with a terrorist, a pall of suspicion envelopes the individual and his friends. A barrage of accusations and questions hammer the family. It turns defensive explaining events, ideas and conversations, one would have not thought of. Freedom after all is the Freedom from suspicion. But as you watch a family run a gauntlet of question marks, you begin to reflect on certain things.

Terror at a collective level is anonymous. You do not know who it is going to hit. But terror creates an ambience of suspicion around people. Many innocent people get marked as suspects. They are haunted by the stigma of question marks. It is a symbolic branding which can destroy friendships or even the taken for granted world you have lived so happily in.

Terror dissolves the everydayness of the world. It destroys it twice: once for the suspect and also more poignantly for his family and friends. 

Read the full piece: Stigma of the question mark haunts and hurts

Meanwhile, in Gujarat, it is business as usual as Mahesh Bhatt films are getting disrupted and cancelled.

 

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