Monday, November 16, 2015

Mourning Paris, Prejudice and Intellectual Snobbery

I have been pouring over reactions and news reports in the aftermath of the terror attack in Paris all weekend. Everything about the attack was chillingly similar to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. That is why, despite having taken place in an entirely different continent, somehow this attack hit home. I almost felt personally affected by it.

Now, before you dismiss me as yet another bleeding heart fairy or haul me over the coals for my selective mourning and remind me of Beirut and Baghdad, Kabul and Kashmir, Aleppo and Assam…before you label me a pseudo-intellectual, sickular Conghi…take a deep breath. Think before you vociferously accuse me or any of your fellow Indians, coloured residents of the third world, of having dissociated ourselves from our brown cousins to favour the ‘white first world’.

This article was published in TheQuint. To read the entire article CLICK HERE


Perry Brass said...

Hi Harish, I am a long time gay activist who lives in NY. I will be visiting India briefly from Feb 20 until March 3, in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and back to Delhi. I would love to meet some gay activists in India, or know more about the struggle for lgbt rights there. You can learn more about me at

You can also reach me at

I did an interview many years ago with Ashok Kol Ravi for a site called GayToday that got around India a lot.


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