KANWAL DHALIWAL
DURING THE CURFEWS
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PEN AND PENCIL ON PAPER, PANJAB - 1984

“He depicted Punjab’s dilemma where, with the strife, people lost access to both news or rumor and simply listened to the state run radio. He said the split was the Hindus were quite happy with the Indian government’s role but many Sikhs hated it. Some were happy, some believed the news regardless that it was a lie. He showed his different neighbors: his Brahmin neighbor quietly reading papers, other Hindus listening to news, feeling sheltered while the Sikhs felt betrayed. During the curfew, no one could go out, so they listened to radios, read whatever they could and sat on indoor outdoor spaces, in doorways and balconies. Some played cards while others wept with frustration and depression. As usual, the business community and the haves and have-nots separated into groups, their concerns not common anymore. His pictures show the immensity of recent history, the barriers of glass panes and neighbors who could no longer be trusted.”