Rohit's nukkad

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pictures speak a thousands words

So true are the above words, some pictures speak to you in volumes something words cannot express.

Couple of days back I came across a touching story on where a 5 year kid, Youssif in Iraq was attacked by masked men and burnt with gasoline. On the surface the story looked to be a sad one but after looking at the pictures ones heart goes out for the kid.

The atricle got great response and a lot of people donated money for the child and his family to come to the US and undergo surgery. I think this one the best stories CNN has carried in recent months and has been doing a good job following the latest developments. These days Youssif in the US and undergoing treatments for his burns.

In the past there are similar pictures which become defining moment or the face of a historical event. The following two pictures are something which have stayed along with me.

The first one is from Gujrat (India) communal riots of 2002. A lot of people died in these riots and the state government was irresponsible and ineffective in protecting innocent people. The following picture just stuck out, it showed the helplessness of a common man in front of a mob and his plea not to kill him.

The other picture is one of the defining moment and surly shows the Power of One, how one man can change anything.

The picture is famously known as Tank man or the unknown rebel. Just a quick background of the historical event related with the picture. In 1989, a huge protest took place in the Tienanmen Square in Beijing where a lot of students, intellects and labor activists were protesting against the
Communist ruling.

The incident got a lot of international media coverage. Hence to crush the protesters the Chinese
government implemented martial law and called in the army. The above photo and video shows the Power of one, one person standing and trying to stop these huge military tanks.

Truly these pictures speak more than thousand words.