Abhishek Ranjan is a research and policy analyst working with Mr. Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament, Arunachal East. He was earlier a LAMP Fellow. He has deep interests in music, football, handwriting analysis & blogging and holds Instrumentation and Control Engineering degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal.
We sat in the barber’s shop, listening to the cheerful melody of “Humko sirf tumse pyaar hai.” Then the music abruptly stopped and a news bulletin filtered into the room: some policemen and militants had been killed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch region. The bodybuilder suddenly erupted with anger: “Kashmiris are such motherfuckers! They are bad people. They fight against their own country.” I then realized two things: the bodybuilder was drunk and that the man sitting next to him happened to be a Kashmiri.