April 13, 2006

Rioting Justified

The telegraph reports here regarding the riots and subsequent Bandh in Bangalore

"It’s a deviant way of expressing love and affection,” said Dr P. Kodandaram, consulting clinical psychologist and former professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Science, Bangalore. “They (the fans) want to be recognised as the one who did the most damage. ‘If you burnt one tyre in your area, I burnt four’ is the kind of message they want to send across. It is a kind of competitive destruction. The fans were waiting for an outlet to express their suppressed emotions.”

Such reasoning usually leaves me speechless!