Photo by photo, the following collage of 2012 does not frame world events but points up their significance amidst a maelstrom of images. These are of events that inspired or incited, of ‘wronged’
Anger Spills Soaked to the bone, protesters cower in the face of police water cannons near Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Triggered by the gangrape of a 23-year-old student on December 16, they were among thousands demanding better safety for women.
“When I see the emotional outbursts on the streets on TV... it’s hard to digest this is my sister they are talking about.”
Brother of the Delhi gangrape victim
Growth figure This too is a picture of modern India. Health workers weigh a severely malnourished two-year-old Rajni at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh
“What concerns me is that 42 per cent of our children are still underweight—an unacceptably high occurence. It’s a national shame.”
Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister
Hate crush It’s a train from Bangalore, their place of work. Terror-stuck Northeastern people rush out in Guwahati station.
“We RSS members are trying to build confidence in Northeasterners. We tell them we’re all brothers, they need not worry.”
Karunakaira Rai RSS representative in Bangalore
Naysayers The issue of FDI in multi-brand retail roiled the nation in protests and threw Parliament out of gear. Samajwadi Party workers stop a train in Allahabad during a ‘Bharat bandh’ called by the opposition.
“With FDI there will be investment, farm produce will go up. If we see it’s against national interest, we’ll set fire to the stores.”
Laloo Prasad Yadav, RJD president