A boy without a name, an orphan who’s a number

On January 19 this year, an organisation styling itself the Peoples’ Front organised a rally in Bangalore to protest execution of Saddam Hussein, 20 days after the Iraqi President had been hanged. Around the same time, the Shobha Yatra was being taken out by the Viraata Hindu Samajotsava. The processions clashed; clashes followed.

N.A.M. ISMAIL and ABHAYA SIMHA try to capture the horrifying irony of an orphan who passed through and perished from this planet without a single photograph of his being shot for the sake of posterity. And when he was shot, it was with a bullet, and it was a picture they couldn’t run.