The attack on the CRPF jawans in Kashmir on 14th Feb came as a very rude shock to all Indians, and I was no exception. More than forty precious lives lost to a bunch of jihadi fanatics. It’s no secret where these terrorists come from. Yet, they could not have orchestrated such an attack without support from within the country.
Investigations will go on. The machinations to avenge the attack may have already begun. There have been emotional calls from another surgical strike to outright war to nuking Pakistan. None of these are feasible at the moment if anyone is sensible to think.
Pakistan has played a very problematic game for the Modi government. The government will no doubt get pressurized to act and avenge the attack. If they go ahead with strikes within Pak occupied territory, Pak forces will be fully prepared to engage our troops, resulting in further (possibly heavy) casualties for our soldiers. If they don’t act now, it will create a serious image problem for the government.
And they have only a few months to act before the elections.
But that is another debate.
However, more than the attack itself, a much ruder shock came to me when I opened today’s TOI. I was expecting a headline on something in the tune of “Forty soldiers martyred in a terrorist attack”, but the headline said, “India blames Pak after local youth rams CRPF convoy with IED-packed SUV….”.
That time I realized how deep the system is rotten.
Painted this poster for the Bappi Lahiri extravaganza that happened yesterday. This program was organized by the art group I am associated with – Expressions Surbhi. This poster was displayed on the stage background in 5 x 4 feet size.
Painting a Bappi Lahiri poster is always fun, with all the jewelry, gaudy color combos and the always-happy caricature look of the music maestro himself!
An Art group, Expressions Surabhi, of which I am a member, is going to do a show of hit songs of the (whimsically) famous Bollywood musician Bappi Lahiri. I designed a poster for this program. Here it is, as funky and gaudy as Bappida can get!
I am very happy to announce that the 2nd episode of Checkmate series I had started last year has been published on MadeFire app. This series is available on iPad, Android tablets, Windows tablets and Windows PC via the (free) MadeFire app.
With the creation and publication of Checkmate series, my work is getting displayed alongside the best artists and the most powerful graphic novel publishers like DC :-), and I am really excited to go global via this amazing tool.
Special thanks to Amit Joshi for composing an amazing background score for this series.