The Victim

In this painting all the suggestions, including its title The Victim, are sinister – the broken image, bloody background, twisted bicycle, 4x4 motor jeep, thick deep line gashing in the landscape, the hills, the dark black sky on the horizon – everything, except the imposing withdrawn gentle figure of a man that tells that something terrible must have happened to him. But what? How? Why? When and where? Who was he? Who were the culprits?
Gathered at a murder scene, all such questions curious passers-by ask.
The man in the picture was a Sikh communist leader, Gehal Singh, of village Chajjalvaddi in Amritsar district in the Punjab. The year: 1947. India
A colonial operator Sir Cyril Radcliffe had drawn a dividing line to dismember the body Punjab. A new country called Pakistan – the land of the pure – purportedly on the basis of religion of Islam came into being. Migration of population on the largest scale in known human history was taking place and the Muslims and Sikhs were slaughtering each other. A full-fledged civil war was on. In the total madness, there were some sane voices around. The Punjabi communists of Sikh, Hindu and Muslim backgrounds were actively involved in peace committees trying to save the lives of innocent people. Comrade Gehal Singh was one of them.
Instigated by some Sikh leaders who were behind the butchering of Muslims, Gehal Singh was abducted in a jeep one evening while he was cycling back home. He was tortured and later his body was said to have been thrown in the burning furnace in the community kitchen of the Golden Temple. That was the end of a great humanitarian – agurmukh – a true Sikh. The known culprits were never brought to justice.
Long time after the tragedy Kanwal Dhaliwal has paid his silent tribute to the life of the great man in line and colour in this unconventional portraiture.

Comment

You need to be a member of Atheist Nexus to add comments!

Join Atheist Nexus

Support Atheist Nexus

Donate Today

Donate

 

Help Nexus When You Buy From Amazon

Amazon

AJY

 

Latest Activity

Future replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Scientists warn we are on the brink of the next major mass extinction event
12 minutes ago
DAN DANA posted a photo
13 minutes ago
Pat commented on Loren Miller's status
16 minutes ago
Profile IconDAN DANA, nice girl, KOUSTAV GUHA and 3 more joined Atheist Nexus
27 minutes ago
Randall Smith commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
38 minutes ago
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
52 minutes ago
Trick replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
1 hour ago
Sentient Biped commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
1 hour ago
Loren Miller posted a status
"Has anyone else noticed that A|N links to comments aren't working? You get to the post, but not to the exact comment. Something's broke!"
1 hour ago
Loren Miller commented on Bertold Brautigan's blog post Do We Exist?
1 hour ago
Lord Ainsworth liked Freethinker31's blog post We Are Not Alone in the Universe
2 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Sentient Biped's group Godless in the garden
2 hours ago

© 2014   Atheist Nexus. All rights reserved. Admin: Richard Haynes.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service