A couple of months ago, I blogged about “The India Project”, which was then renamed to “The Great Indian Comic Project”. It is time to disclose a little more about this project.
I have had this concept for about 5-6 months now, when I was grappling with my anger and frustration post-26/11. I thought about many things but nothing seemed practical and when it did, I realized I didn’t have the means, skills, energy and maybe the motivation to pull it off.
I was also shocked by how short public memory was, how quickly we forgot the previous tragedy only to be hit by the next one. How easily we ignored the good things and focused on the bad ones. How we chose to only see “truths” that represent a point of view that was close to our hearts, our ideology, justified our prejudices and trashed the others as nonsense even when it wasn’t.
This was also a time for me to reflect upon what I knew, what I believed in, the gap between truth and news, facts and propaganda. I realized that events that dominated the minds of an earlier generation were not as relevant to me and how issues relevant to me would be less relevant to those born a few years later. I either chose to dismiss the past or to have a selective memory of it, at times giving it more importance than it deserved and at other times, trivializing it.
The past, these events, are important but should they dictate everything we do or believe in? When I look around, that’s the strongest vibe I get. And the more I look, I realize that we cannot afford to be prisoners of the past, that we must move on. But before that, we need to understand what we are moving on from, and why. And if it is really possible to break these chains.
So, what does all this have to do with The Great Indian Comic Project?
The Great Indian Comic Project is a quest to retrace my steps, re-examine what I think I know, confront my own prejudices. It is … personal and it’s not. My limited knowledge of India has been through books, newspapers, television, the Internet and comics (Amar Chitra Katha). The Great Indian Comic Project will attempt to use two of the mediums – The Internet and Comics – to tell stories about events that changed our lives, for better or for worse.
These events are what I like to call – Game-Changers - Events that gave us hope, made us leap with joy, filled us with pride and events that made us sad, weep, feel ashamed of ourselves and what we stood for.
And what will this look like?
To be honest, this is ambitious and looks like more than I can handle. I am not an artist, I don’t draw, paint and so I will use images, screenshots, etc. to recreate these events to the best possible extent. I am not a writer and there is no suspense as we already know about these events, but I will try to tell these stories anyway. I am not the academic type but I will do my best to research well enough to be accurate. Assumptions, opinions will be stated as such, and sources revealed whenever available.
These are not disclaimers, only facts and limitations. At some point, if it looks unfeasible, I will have to give up.
How is this relevant to the reader?
I am not really sure but I can only hope that you will hop along with me on this ride, challenge the stories I tell, contribute your thoughts in retelling a piece of our history.
Finally, when and where will this be available?
More details very soon. Including the scope, format, etc. Promise :-)