Can we use a better word than victim? Can there be a word that is more empathetic, and that does not marginalize the person.
Consider the fact that we still have lathi-charge, a term and practice that is a relic of the Raj. What's in a name, one might ask? Obviously, a considerable amount of meaning and identity gets invested in names, even though they are just words. Otherwise, why have we changed the names of many Indian cities, roads, airports, museums and landmarks? We have tried to divest ourselves of the British identity, but we have still faithfully clung to lathi-charge.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Since the ancient Mayans got their calendar a little wonky (thankfully), we will see you all in the New Year! Let's hope 2013 sees more peace, joy, compassion, good health, progressive thinking and creativity.
The author is co-founder and Director, Content Design at Steta