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Not just a photograph: A Final Embrace

Not just a photograph

This picture was shared to me by a friend and can’t agree more that it brings out most extreme emotions out of me.

This photograph is given the name of ‘A Final Embrace’ was taken by a Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter after the tragic collapse of a garment factory building in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh happened in April 2013.  Along them died more than 750 people.

In this picture I don’t feel sympathetic towards the victims as they seem contented in dying in each other’s arms.  The facial expression of the man seems so relieved like he has no complaints from anyone in this world as this world has not given him much. They lived a deprived life but there seems no dearth of compassion between the victims here.

This incident raises some serious questions to the authorities who thinks they rule the lives of people. Is a life of any human that cheap? Over 750 people died, and not due to some natural calamity but sheer human negligence. This incident could have been avoided but since the lives of poor are too cheap that nobody even bothered of those souls working there.

This photograph also questions my philosophical side. If such an incident is overlooked or avoided for any discussion, then we all need to relook or revisit ourselves to ask are we humans? And if yes, what makes a human?