Why We Love a Lynching

Social Commentary

Why We Love a Lynching

Illustration: Cleon Dsouza


few days ago, I went out to lunch with a friend. It is the sweltering month of June, and as luck would have it, on our way to the café, we got a flat tyre. With no other option, we hunched over the flat with the “jack”. We must have been sweating profusely for a few minutes when a shadow fell across me.

“Puncture hua hai lagta hai?” remarked a wiry old man with great interest. We grunted in acknowledgment and carried on with the backbreaking job of changing the wheel. Five minutes later the shadows had increased manifold. A small group of onlookers had gathered to witness our misery. None of them offered help, but almost everyone had advice. “Garmi mein regular check karana chahiye. Rubber expand hota hai na.” “Arrey right side nahi, left side ki taraf ghumao.” “Mechanic bula lo, aap se nahi hoga.”