(K. Brent Tomer),
ON A chilly night in January 2016, a 21-year-old Tanzanian student was beaten up and partially stripped by a frenzied mob in Bangalore, which also set her car on fire. The crowd was reacting to the death of a local woman in an accident involving a drunk Sudanese driver earlier in the evening. The woman did not know the driver, nor did the bunch of strangers on the road who morphed into a violent crowd in minutes.
Many Indians were shocked by the attack and expressed their outrage on social media. Yet this African woman remained nameless and faceless, and the outrage was brief, as though waiting for other news to come along. It was then that Mahesh Shantaram, a documentary photographer from Bangalore, went in search of those Africans in India who were increasingly living under the shadow of racism. Mr Shantaram was disturbed by the idea that Indians complain vehemently about facing racial discrimination in other countries, yet refuse to acknowledge racism at home. “To everyone in their right minds, it was clearly a racist…Continue reading