Delhi Protests Gaza Bombing: 9 August 2014

Let it not be said that nobody cried when the news came. Let it not be remembered by the children that India “stood with” Israel through the Gaza bombings of August 2014 (God, let it not continue beyond August 2014). Let no-one assume that all 1.3 billion of us continued – as the bombs fell on fields and courtyards and washing hung up to dry in Gaza – that we in India defined our ethical positions purely within the unholy triad of family, community, nation. Let there be a tiny record of protest. A tiny record of a tiny protest, given the monstrosity of the crime. But we are in the business of remembering, since they are profiting from our forgetting. They profit from our forgetting language, since we can’t name what is going on in Gaza as war. They profit from our not being able to remember our mythologies, because this is a war in which one side is David and the other Goliath, but Goliath is winning, because the world has been told he is David. In a nation without language, without myths, without memory, without ethics, jealously holding a tattered banner, with a single word on it – ‘development’ – some Indians protested.

Global Day of Rage against Gaza, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi August 2014:

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Photo Courtesy: Deepasri Baul
Photo Courtesy: Deepasri Baul
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
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Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain
Photo Courtesy: Sohail Hashmi and Sanam Husain

4 thoughts on “Delhi Protests Gaza Bombing: 9 August 2014”

  1. No official condemnation by India of Israel’s Genocide under the garb of ‘good’ relations is horrific to say the least. It prompts the citizens of this country to say ” two sides of the same coin ” as the party which presided over the pogrom here in India is in power and obviously nothing can & should be expected of such inhumane response.

  2. Twice I have tried loading my comment to this piece I twice the page has blinked and comment sent into cyberspace. The Israelis it does seem, are bombing us from all sides…now I have it in a document on my desktop and will cut and paste it as many times as it take me to get this comment online…

    The first is to say that this is a short and eloquent introduction to the heartening photographs that follow. Except that you forgot one important line in your post, namely:

    ‘They forget the genuine tears that all of us shed over the years, reading in literature and seeing in the films, the horrors that fascism inflicted on the recent kin of those very same people who now have the wealth and the comfort and security to let the bombs rain on Gaza’.

    Who likes feeling helpless?

    Two days before this historic day you chronicle so well, I decided to draw up my own petition to the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. So I took a small notebook I keep around for doodling on and made a list of all the people I know in this country who would willingly put their names to strongly decrying the medieval but real enactment of a siege. I divided the page into four columns and in each line going down, in each one of the columns, thought of a name and made a tick-mark…

    It’s an associative kind of thing, you don’t think; you just go with your instinct; you go from city to city among friends as they pop up in your head. It’s anything but a random process because it is fired by that lovely word ‘ideology’ that everyone except the far right loves to fear.

    It’s very therapeutic. But when you realize that your list, four columns, each tick-mark on a separate line – just like a neat accountant would do it – runs to six pages, it may leave you a little sheepish though at the sheer waste of paper.

    But look at the quantum of protest, and the fact that at least 25 of the names I tick-marked must have attended this meeting!

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