As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.(from For the fallen by Laurence Binnyon)
Death of pulizter award winner Indian photojournalist Danish Sidiqui while covering clashes between Afghan Security and Taliban is a stern reminder of the great risks “BRAVE” journalists take to report from the frontline of conflict. Danish a brave photojournalist who showed the world, the marginalized and the oppressed through his lens always said he shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where they can’t be present himself. His pictures spoke a thousand words. The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular and it was this courage that raised the blood of life in his pictures.
The photos he captured provided an adversarial check on those who wield the greatest power, by shining a light on what they do in the dark, and informing the public about those acts. Information and Broadcast minister Anurag Thakur said that Danish left behind an extraordinary body of work. Deepti Asthana, an internationally acclaimed India-based independent documentary photographer says “Danish would always inspire photographers to come; not by his iconic images, but how he felt about injustice and how he chose to express it. Certainly the best way possible, with bravery empathy and truthfulness.”
Fake news is cheap to produce. Genuine journalism is expensive and is meant for the brave, so expensive that it might cost your life. Yes, Danish was a brave journalist, who didn’t belong to the genre of journalists who screamed and howled from their air-conditioned studios in Noida, Bombay and other Indian cities, but one who spoke, and spoke immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror were still in the air. He might not have left a legacy behind, but will surely be remembered for the way he did his work, with wakefulness and truthfulness.