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One weekend and a tale of two tragedies

by Oindrila Mukherjee
Friday , December 21, 2012 at 13 : 00

Now is the winter of our discontent - Richard III, William Shakespeare.

Newtown. New Delhi.

In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, it was impossible for me to address the rape in Delhi. It was too much too soon. I found myself unable to make the switch from the images of the twenty little kids, and what they must have suffered just before they died, to those of the young paramedical student and her companion on a near-empty bus at night.

But the parallel between the two tragedies is haunting and unshakeable. Two senseless crimes involving unspeakable levels of violence within two days of one another. Two incidents that have provoked international horror and national...Read more...



More about Oindrila Mukherjee

Oindrila is Assistant Professor of creative writing at Grand Valley State University at Grand Rapids, Michigan. A fiction writer, translator, former journalist and an ardent tennis fan, she has also been a Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. You can follow her on Twitter @oinkness.

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