My soul is chained; My identity is erased; And still I live
India has a long-standing history of collective identity, collective conformity and often abuse of the individual by this collective.
There is an old saying: The nail that stands out gets hammered.
This couldn’t be more true of my country. Even today, as India ‘rises and shines’, there seems to be a sanctioned savageness, an unnatural aggression(borne of hunger), in the nature of this collective. The law of the jungle rules in our religious and social structures. Hierarchy and resultant servitude, hold paramount importance even in the most basic institutions of family.
I started the ‘And still I live’ series to bring this aspect to light, as much as to document human suffering.
A sadness engulfs me. It doesn’t go away. It is here to stay.
Does mental, emotional and physical harassment by religious and social quacks strengthen the human spirit? Maybe someday there will be answers…