Thu. Nov 25th, 2021
 
Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

Chief photographer of Reuters News Agency, Danish Siddiqui was killed at the age of 38 on Friday while he was on an assignment in Afghanistan. He was covering the conflicts between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan and was shot dead amidst the clash. The Afghan authorities stated that Siddiqui was killed by the Taliban in the crossfire, but the Taliban has denied the accusations and expressed regrets.

The exact number of fatalities due to the conflict is still unclear.

Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan
Indian Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

 

Danish Siddiqui, along with his colleague Adnan Abidi and five others, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for their work recording the violence faced by Myanmar’s minority Rohingya community. His work mostly featured the injustice against humanity not just in India but around the world. He attained global recognition for his photography of mass funerals of COVID 19 victims at the pinnacle of India’s annihilating second wave. A photograph taken by him during the Delhi Riots of 2020, illustrating the lynching of a Muslim man by a Hindu nationalist mob, was featured by Reuters. It has been considered as one of the defining photographs of the year. A number of foreign media houses like the BBC and the Caravan noted it to be the most important image of the riot.

We all remember the image of a young right-winger threatening the CAA-NRC protestors with a pistol while the police stood there and watched. This photograph taken by Danish Siddiqui became the testament of the rising Hindu nationalism. He is also the first Indian along with Adnan Abidi to win a Pulitzer Prize for photography. Siddiqui’s work traversed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Hong Kong protests and Nepal earthquakes. Without Siddiqui’s photography, the real picture of the grim reality of India’s struggle with the second wave of the Corona Virus pandemic would not have been so monumental.

 

The news of his death has sparked an overwhelming response on social platforms and media. People of India and around the world have expressed their grief, shock and condolences. The flight carrying Danish Siddiqui’s mortal remains reached Delhi airport on Sunday evening. It was taken to his residence in Jamia Nagar where a large crowd of his family and friends had gathered outside his residence. An alumnus of Jamia Milia University, Danishes body was taken to the Jamia Milia Graveyard and was buried there on Sunday.

 

Our country India is going through a grave crisis with the rise of Hindu extremism as well as the Corona Virus pandemic, bringing the truth through unbiased lenses is a necessity. A bright individual with a great contribution to the protests against injustice all over the world, Danish Siddiqui’s death brings immense sadness to the people of India and the World. It also reinforces the necessity of eradicating terrorism and extremism to save humanity.

 

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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