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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Physical Impossibility of Injustice in the Mind of Someone Campaigning

From the Hindustan Times.

A few things stand out in this extraordinary story. If Gopi really did commit suicide because of the humiliation rather than because of ill-treatment, it's an attitude that's quite hard for Westerners to get our heads round. Not uniquely Indian: Arabs and Japanese for example care greatly about loss of face, and family honour. But certainly alien to us.

Then, wow. A ghoulish but very effective protest. At least Thankappan lived long enough to see blame being placed where it belonged, and thus to be able to cremate his son with honour.

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