30 October, 2020

Props In The Den

It's a hard, yet humanising look at the life of the brigand in hiding.

Props In The Den
If you want to demystify a legend, then displaying his memorabilia is one way to go. Nothing quite blows the mystique surrounding a man as putting his indigestion pills on public view. And that's what the police has done in Salem, at its specially set up Veerappan exhibition. Part of a mammoth government mela taking place here, the Veerappan show is proving to be the prize attraction, with tens of thousands of people having already visited it.

The fair, which will go on till the end of September, includes about 120 stalls, with garish plastic buckets and bindis cheek by jowl with 15 government departments and five public sector undertakings showcasing their achievements through models, charts and photographs. And it is naturally at the police stall that you are introduced to the forest brigand—a Robin Hood to some people and a murderer to others—through his memorabilia. You understand the phrase "I wouldn't be caught dead with it" when you scan the items displayed behind glass counter. After Veerappan was killed during an encounter on...


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