Photographer's Note

This picture cost me my dignity, my ganesh necklace, my silk dress, my $1000 Olympus digital camera. This man is N.D. Sharma. I was given a pass card to photograph the festival from the VIP section. from the Deputy Commissioner of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. This man, came and demanded in a nasty voice, that I leave immediately. I showed him my pass card. He waved it around laughing, that I was crazy, I was no VIP! He got three equally rude policemen, and then at least twenty. He grabbed for my camera and tried to snatch it away from me. I snapped him as he tried to get it, this is the photo. The lens was fully extended. He smashed the lens into the camera. He had the police grab me and drag me out of the festival.The man in middle who grabbed my ganesh necklace and pulled it off me, poked me in the neck, and was preparing his arm to beat me, when I said the USA will not be happy. I was stuffed into a car, all this in front of thousands of people. I was forced, pulled, pushed thru a small space to get out of the car. I have black bruises on my legs, and my dress was ripped complety, across my waist. My lens was caught in the seat. They shoved me thru a tiny space, till my lens completely fell off the camera.
I was kept till past 12:30am in the morning. Today, a policeman found me, to give me part of my lens, the rest, the entire outer part, gone forever.
I am sorry for the good people I met in Chamba. To be fair, only a few policemen were bad, the rest spoke no English,and really only knew what they were told.

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