Thursday, November 09, 2017

Devin Kelley kills 26 unarmed people including children in Texas church but US media calls him 'gunman', NOT terrorist

As many as 26 people including kids and unborn child were shot dead in a massacre in a Church in America.

The incident in Sutherland Springs Church in Texas, shocked the entire world.

But, the man, Devin Kelly, who ruthlessly killed the people of his own Church community (where his family prayed) was not termed 'Terrorist'.

Kelly shot children in the head, point blank, reports newspapers and TV channels.

Reports after reports informed about the gory scene--nothing but blood and children's bodies remaining on the scene of crime. LINK

The New York Times (NYT) mentions how he fired quickly, methodically, shooting his terrified victims--including small children--in the head. The report uses the word 'terrified' but won't term the man a terrorist. It calls him 'gunman'.

For American media and opinion makers, when a White kills, immediately he is a 'gunman' or someone with 'troubled childhood' or 'mental issues', as if it somehow justified or brings down the gravity of the crime.

READ: Terror attacks by white men in America and the Western World

Here lies the problem in USA. If it is their guy--the white, then he is not a terrorist. Only the 'other', person of different race or religion can be a terrorist. 

That's how the supposedly free media and the most advanced society in the world, deals with Terrorism. Cut the crap, call it what it is--Terrorism. There is a long list now--after every such incident, we hear terms like 'lone wolf', 'shooter', 'gunman' or 'psycho-killer'. And that's how America deludes itself.

LINK: Camera recorded Kelley shooting children point blank in the head
LINK: Teacher who lost eight family members in massacre reveals, pregnant wife had picked unborn child's name

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Lack of surnames, less casteism among Indian Muslims in South India compared to North

The difference is so striking--so few surnames when I see any list of students in schools in Deccan.

Going through any school's annual magazine or list of toppers published in Urdu dailies, the thing that is easily noticeable is that there are hardly any surnames.

Most names--the first and second part, are names and you can't infer any caste or biradiri linkage.

This is so unlike North India, where 80-90% people have surnames.For example, in Deccan, students' names in schools are like below:

Khadija Begam, Hajra Bano, Habibun Nisa, Md Iftekhar, Yaqoob Ali, Saeed Ahmad. Now compare with North India schools.

Siddiqui, Khan, Quraishi, Sheikh, Ansari, Salmani, in more than 80% names in UP, MP, Delhi. The excessive focus on surnames and hence caste-link and caste perception.

Much difficult to find 'caste' or 'clan'. Hence, less caste feeling in the four southern states compared to North where majority of marriages are on caste lines, biradiris.

With surnames, comes the immediate perception. People form image, place the person in hierarchy, status in society. Happens less in schools, more as you grow up.

However, the names in schools-institutions suggest that in South Indian society, surnames are given hardly any importance. They are not too much part of identity or caste pride. Time for Northies to learn this too, from South. Isn't it!