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Letter to the Dead

Letter to the Dead Rustom Bharucha In the aftermath of Safdar Hashmi's death the possibilities of appropriating the politics of street theatre have intensified. Today, his group, the Jan Natya Manch and other street theatre groups have gained a new credibility among not only marginal social groups but the establishment and distinguished literati whose works have had nothing to do with the realities of the street. While this solidarity is welcome at one level, let us not be taken in by politicians using Hashmi's death as a confirmation if their own dubious morality I WILL not pretent to accept your death. Nor will I offer condolences to your comrades and family. The gesture seems trite. My solidarity (at the moment) will have to be expressed through questions, not the brandishing of a fist or the support of festivals in your name.

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