By Anjum Altaf in the Economic and Political Weekly
Individuals picked off, gone – strangers, friends of friends, friends, relatives – some for who they were, others for straying in the way.
Names etched in memories – Ali Haider, Faisal Manzoor, Mehdi Ali, Rashed Rehman, Irfan Ali, Farzana Parveen, Perveen Rehman…
The public, incapacitated – benumbed, indifferent, does it matter?
Instead, shrill voices of love and hate troll predictably, pressing stale arguments into uncomplaining service.
The telephone rings. A voice from afar:
– Time to give up now?
An epigraph from Yeats has been added to the print version by EPW.
Thanks to Hasan Altaf for valuable suggestions.
Anjum Altaf is dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.