Hampi Vandalism: What Thrills Do Indians Get By Destroying Public Property?

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Hampi Vandalism: What Thrills Do Indians Get By Destroying Public Property?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

 

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crolling through Twitter this weekend, I thought the Islamic State had returned to its old tricks. There was a video of three men at what was obviously a historical site, toppling over pillars that were erected centuries ago, captioned “Ruining the ruins”. Destroying the ancient temples, statues, and pillars at sites like Palmyra was after all one of IS’s favourite attention-seeking tactics, but no matter the similarities, this video wasn’t from them. Instead, it was a group of Indian tourists destroying priceless history at Hampi, solely for the laughs.

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