(Vaishna Roy is a journalist with The Hindu. The column first appeared in The Hindu on July 23, 2021)
- Photojournalists like Danish Siddiqui risk their lives to be at the crossroads where history is taking a significant turn. Siddiqui took as many pictures of kite-fliers and festivals as he did of crematoriums and riots, but one hails the latter more because it’s a disease and sectarian violence that can slip into the bloodstream unchecked if left unrecorded. It’s the fault lines of a nation that need watching so that songs and the celebrations can go on like ever before. Danish Siddiqui did just that and it makes him a hero of our times.