I recently stumbled upon a cartoon. It seems quite innocent. It (seems to) talk about the rising crime in Bangalore.
The cartoon shows a man, sitting in an auto being robbed at knife-point. Two miscreants sitting on either side. One of the miscreant looks quite normal. The other one sports a beard and a skull cap. You know what that means.
You can say, “Oh! so what, why are you so sensitive? It’s not that frequent is it?“
Well you don’t notice it. It’s there everywhere. And worse, it affects your subconscious. If you doubt me (of which you have full right ) I would suggest you read the book ‘Blink‘.
Did you notice that immediately after the 9/11, when the TVs and newsprints were awash with pictures of bearded bin-Laden, you felt your stomach whenever you saw a bearded Muslim man? Well, it happened to me too.
Talking of cartoons. Today’s(10/10/2006) ‘Times of India’ carries a cartoon (I’m so sorry I’m not able to attach them) of two beggers. One of them sport a debit card swipe machine. And moreover he’s complaining to his fellow: “I dislike this gadget, it’s so unreliable. I like the sound of coins falling.” Funny? Not at all. These are heights of insensitivity. Poking fun at somebody’s hunger? Somebody’s weakness?
May God bless us all.