This is probably one of the single most important things that I have learned about myself lately.
I’m a photographer, and this is a subject I’ve always found fascinating. The reason is because I’ve always been able to tell the difference between a photo that’s genuine and one that’s faked. This is, I think, the first time I’ve actually felt comfortable saying that I’m a nonwitness to a real-life event.
Priyadarshini Narayan Yadav is a renowned photojournalist who has traveled extensively all over India. Last month she and her husband were in Delhi to cover a protest by the Indian government to save a man from being tried and killed by the police.
The man in question is a well-known activist Anant Yadav, himself a political activist and member of the Left Democratic Front. In an interview with this publication, he explains that he is the victim of a fake encounter. He was taken to the hospital by the police as he was being held in a police station.
This is a bit of a shocker for me, since I didn’t know these guys existed. As far as I knew, they were people who protested the government and were killed by the police. I guess the government is trying to make the world a safer place by killing these guys.
I dont know which he is referring to, but there’s a story behind this. A terrorist group called Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) has been in a dispute in a region called Kashmir for decades now. Kashmiris are proud and resolute people who’ve done the majority of these battles against the British. They’ve killed people who belonged to the British and their army, as well as the forces of the Indian government itself.
Theyve been making videos of these guys killing people in Kashmir, and theyve also been calling for the Indian government to do something to stop the killings. Theyve actually sent an email to the Indian government asking them to stop the violence, but then as well as the Indian government was trying to do something about the violence, theyve also been doing the same to Kashmiri activists. So, theyve basically become the Indian government and Kashmiri activists against each other.
The whole thing is also a little bit complicated because of the internet. People have been tweeting about it, but that’s not a problem. People don’t notice it for a couple of days, so people don’t notice it for a couple of hours. But if you look at the other videos, you see that they don’t even notice it, and theyve also been tweeting about it.
The other problem is that people are actually quite into it. They have been discussing and criticizing people who have been attacking them. If you look at the Facebook page of a woman who is currently a member of an organization called Shri Paramhansh, you see that she has also been calling the violence against her and her family “f***ing brilliant”. And then you look at the other videos she has been criticizing, you see the same thing.
I think this is a good thing. The fact that people are so passionate about the issue is actually a good sign that this issue needs more attention. For instance, a video posted by a member of a radical group called “Shri Paramhansh” is actually one of the most popular videos on the Facebook page of a woman called Priyadarshini.