19.5.06

How could they not live up to expectations?

For one reporter, the Maoist "rebels" in Nepal weren't what he had expected. In his words,

"But I had thought, perhaps naively, that we might see them in their natural environment in the bush, rather than this grassy schoolyard. I want to see them doing whatever rebels do during a cease-fire: cleaning their weapons, reading 'Das Kapital,' playing football, flirting with the female comrades.

I am glad to see them with my own eyes, to know they are real. But to see them assembled solely for our cameras makes it somehow less authentic, despite the cold metal of their weapons, the very real smell of their campfires and the palpable intensity of their purpose."


There you have it. The rebels just weren't real enough for him.

2 Comments:

At 5/23/2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous serena said...

interesting...and why do these "rebels" have to conform to someone's idea of how they should be...afterall, the term is rebel!

 
At 5/24/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger Priya said...

Lol! True.

 

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