Last week, we wrote about the outrageous attack on NY-based photojournalist Jay Mandal as he covered the Indian elections. Here is a note that he's asked us to share with his friends and well-wishers.
I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of best wishes from people across the globe that have reached me courtesy Sree, the SAJA Forum, Nikhil @ Rediff.com and the many many personal calls and emails.
During the 17 years that I spent circumventing the globe on a bicycle, sure I did come across quite a few life-threatening situations but nothing comes close to the irrational and incomprehensible mob frenzy that I encountered in Nandigram on May 5. It is God’s grace alone that saved me from getting lynched.
The incident did leave me disillusioned about the times that we live in but the concern and messages of solidarity that I have received from each and every one of you has reaffirmed my faith in goodness, freedom of press and human-kind.
Your messages -- some long, some short, some emotional and some humourous -- have been a source of inspiration and strength. I thank you all from the depth of my heart.
Honestly, I an humbled that so many of you actually made time not only to send me "get well" messages but also offered of help -- some offered to rush medical help, some offered to replace of my camera gears or my glasses, even a very dear lady offered to send me multivitamins -- which are any day most welcome!!!!!
Believe me, it means a lot to me and I thank you all!
Pls accept my apologies for sending this mass message. My shoulder and collarbone still hurts when I try to type. But am hopeful of recovering fully shortly. Yes, I am fully under medical care and still have not been able to start doing photoshoot
I hope to see you all soon and express my gratitude personally.
Earlier on SAJAforum: INDIAN ELECTIONS: New York photographer Jay Mandal beaten by political mob