Tuesday, April 21, 2015

English 9 - R&J Current Event #1

     For the first Romeo and Juliet current event article I chose a news story from renowned daily newspaper The Hindu. The story follows the late Bharat Singh, who was shot and killed last month due to an age-long gang feud. The most likely that Bharat was murdered was because he was from the family of the Pehalwan gang and actually had power so the Balraj gang saw it was an opportunity to annihilate the opposing families’ political standing. This occurred in New Delhi, India just a few weeks ago on March 30th, 2015. As for its ties to Romeo and Juliet, there is a clear connection between the gang feud seen in the article and the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. We even see a sort of Mercutio/Tybalt figure that are killed, in this case Mr. Bharat, almost accidentally purely because of the hatred between the two families. This ties in very much with the guiding question of “Can long-term feuds be buried?” Looking further into the article in the case of the Pehalwan vs. the Balraj apparently no since the feud started in the early 1990’s and is still going on 25 years after.

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