Thursday, November 02, 2006

Taking sides

Shivam Vij is a blogger, and a journalist, whose work I've come to admire. And that's not just because he writes well. I admire the way he chases facts and researches his stories.

A few days back he reported on the atrocities against Dalits in Kherlanji. A place I'd never even heard of. He also posted some gruesome photos of the victims.

There are times when I need to be shocked and horrified at the crimes that happen in the same India I'm told is shining. This was one of them and Shivam, in my opinion - and as I've commented on his blog - did a great job in reporting on this dastardly act. That's really all that matters to me.

However, other bloggers questioned and protested against him putting up those gory photos of the victims. And in response to this, er, outrage Shivam has posted his defense here. Do read.

For the record, and to repeat myself, I'm with him on this. And I also share Dilip's dismay. Some things just have to be said. These bloggers (Shivam and Dilip) did a great job of saying them.

Update - Also read Gawker's take - I agree with him.