For Whom , For What

January 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm 35 comments

Zera : Bhaiya , Kahan Ja Rahe Hain
Me: hey zera, I’m going out with my friends to watch kurbaan
Zera : Ohh that movie…I hate those kinda movies…I mean Muslims, terrorism, anyways bye bhaiya ,have a nice time.
Me: Bye, see ya tonight


Zera (a smart, bubbly tenth standard student) is my neighbor. Later that night, I met her again with her friend sameer

Zera: bhaiya how was the movie.Sameer he saw kurbaan today
Me:Yeahh it was good
Sameer: I saw the trailer. From the trailer itself I almost understood the plot. It must be stupid one like other movies in similar genre.
Zera :yeahh first it was Fanahh ,then newyork now Kurbaan. Come-on all stupid movies
Sameer: Exactly zera, everyone is portraying us as bad people. As if we are born with a mark on our head that we are terrorists. So frustrating.


I didn’t want to take part in that conversation further, so I just told them bye and walked away. I couldn’t believe that this was the conversation between a 14 year old girl and 17 year old boy. I was surprised how much they were hurt (though they don’t even know what is life and haven’t experienced anything in there life) because of verbal, visual direct/ indirect attack towards a particular community just because of the stupidity of few extremists.
I was not interested in these kinds of topics and I never used to take part in debates, discussions that deals with religions, denominations and politics. But for some reason this incident made me think a lot. Because of the stupidity of few peoples (that too hardly 5 percentages) an entire community is suffering. I still can’t understand what is the aim behind these terrorism and riots and all. Though we are Christians, Hindus or Muslims we inhale same oxygen from same source, we need food and water to survive and also everyone is formed with blood and flesh .For whom we are fighting .I’m told and taught that all the religions teaches to love one another and don’t cause any harm to others. So I will say if anyone fight in the name of god or do harm to his other children’s, then they are not god’s children but devils loyal children.

Trivia: Few times back one of my friend told us a story that made us think and laugh a lot. His job demanded frequent flight journeys. To his surprise he and his baggages were always cross checked by officials (not only in airports but also in railway station).Later he mentioned this to a friend, who is a top official in police. After hearing this he started laughing hysterically and asked him to just shave his French beard. Surprisingly after he shaved his French beard off, not even a single official asked him for extra checking so far(it happened almost two years back) .The point to be noted was, he is a Christian and got a good achayan (Syrian Christian) name .But still, just because of a beard……

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Smart Idiots Atithi Devo Bhava ???

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  • 1. Dreamer  |  January 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I saw an interview with Nobel Laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, where he too said that he was hassled less at airports after he shaved off his beard. It’s rather silly though, now that everyone knows of this, any terrorist with a spoonful of common sense would shave off his beard, if thats all it takes to get officials off his back.

    It is sad that the people who are most affected by terrorist actions are those whose rights these terrorists are purportedly fighting for.

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    • 2. Sakshi  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      Well said dreamer…definitely that’s something these stupid terrorist bring upon their so called own people 😦

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    • 3. anishthomas  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      Dreamer ,I also read about the same.But i’m with officals in this case.Coz they are doing there duty, even a small mistake can cost too much.Though the terrorists are smart now a days, the officials should not leave any one suspicious.That is what i feel

      yeahh exactly the normal people are affected coz of there deeds.Unfortunatily they are not understanding it

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    • 4. Deeps  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      totally agree with you dreamer. If only these terror-preachers realize that the most affected by their actions are their own people.

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  • 5. Happy Kitten  |  January 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Religion ought to teach one to love others.. but somehow a few seems to have lost this main plot..

    and what Dreamer said sums it up pretty well….
    “It is sad that the people who are most affected by terrorist actions are those whose rights these terrorists are purportedly fighting for”

    but these youngsters can do their bit too instead of shying away.. …nd the time is ripe now….

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    • 6. anishthomas  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Religion ought to teach one to love others..HK, exactly that is my point……I guess an healthy generation is coming up.So i think we have hope for future

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  • 7. Nona  |  January 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    A valid thought apt for the special day.

    Does a beard create warrant such a fuss?

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    • 8. anishthomas  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Nona 🙂
      We can’t blame the officials…After all they are also humans…..

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  • 9. hitchwriter  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    How I wish those two kids would have been explained… but I too dont know how… ! sigh !

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    • 10. anishthomas  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

      Hitchy , same here that is why i just walked away……But happy to see that a healthy\sensible generation is coming up

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  • 11. Sakshi  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    14 and 17 year olds are talking about terrorist and not love shove?? Indeed that’s sad. I think it’s a painful world for most youngsters with so much going on.

    btw I am a muslim and the first reaction I get when people come to know of it is “How come you married a hindu?” followed by “after marriage which religion do you guys follow?” 😯 I like to torture such people and give all kinds of answers which shock the hell out of them :mrgreen:

    me : yeah i can understand that.why people is bothered about all that(also so much about others).It is the main problem with we Indians.

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    • 12. anishthomas  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      sakshi mam …enthanithu 🙂 …..they are so innocent…….njano ingene ayi poyi…enthina aa pavam kuttiklayum koodi vazhiithetikan pokunnathu
      yeahh now a days kids are so fast…they are aware about what is happening around them
      will come back later to reply properly…bit busy now 😦

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    • 13. Swaram  |  January 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      LOL Saksh 😛 I wud njoy dng that too 😉

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  • 14. vimmuuu  |  January 27, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I know its sick. One of my colleague here in chennai is half indian – half pakistani and he is always made fun of with such jokes by our VP. I used to feel like strangling his neck whenever he does that to my colleague !

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    • 15. anishthomas  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      wonder, when these people become mature…..sigh

      P.S : Vimmu do you want me to edit your comment 🙂 ……

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  • 16. Swaram  |  January 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Its totally sad that they r treated this way 😦
    Wish we cud answer those kids 😦

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    • 17. anishthomas  |  January 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      May be that is called fate 😦

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  • 18. Smita  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    hmmm we specialise in stereotyping no?

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  • 20. Deeps  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Like smita said,stereotyping it is. Just because someone chooses to grow a beard,one is to assume that he will have something to do with terrorism. pathetic!

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    • 21. anishthomas  |  January 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      I don’t know what to comment on that.As i said earlier we can’t blame those officials.Like they can’t take chances and as far as they are not harassing them , its fine i guess

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  • 22. Rajlakshmi  |  January 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    maybe they are a little more careful now… its because of these extra care that there are less incidents in other countries than ours…
    but ya the bias is frustrating… becoz of few people a whole group is suffering…
    nice post …

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    • 23. anishthomas  |  January 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      I echo your thoughts , thanks 🙂

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  • 24. scorpiogenius  |  January 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Another stereotype is being cast down on us no? “All Muslims are terrorists”. Its sad to imagine the kind of mindset and attitude it creates in the kids like those you’ve mentioned.

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    • 25. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      I was really felt bad and felt sorry for them ,when they told these.I don’t know what to say about this

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  • 26. ariyathe  |  January 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    That’s so true!
    Especially here. The things you hear are crazy, especially in schools. It is really the younger ones who’re affected the most. Recently, a boy went up to a Pakistani student and started calling his Saddam Hussein. Sadly, the student punched him and it erupted into big fight. It’s really scary what these bits of hate can do.

    And I don’t think it’s just the beard. If you’re brown (and male especially), the airport officials stop you for their “random checking”. Someone should just sit there and do a study on the racial demographics of those TOTALLY arbitrary searches. =]
    It’s so sad.

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    • 27. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      It is such a sad thing ariyathe.A few peoples madness and folly affected the lot of people’s life 😦

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  • 28. sakthi  |  January 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    hm not bad.

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  • 29. Sorcerer  |  January 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Its the dim perception the society is having about issues.
    Movie makers should understand that rather than capitalising on HATE they should angle the approach as to give a good awareness to the society.

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    • 30. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Exactly Sorcerer , when they make a piece of art ,they should ask themselves whether it hurt the sentiments of others
      they should angle the approach as to give a good awareness to the society. that single sentence said everything

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  • 31. kanagu  |  January 31, 2010 at 12:55 am

    We are living in a pre-conceived notions dude.. thats the problem… a terrorist or a wrong-doer exist in all religions… but targeting them is really really bad… 😦

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    • 32. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Kanagu ,probably it is up to every religion\community to identify the bad\wrong practices that affect others and correct it

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  • 33. umsreflections  |  February 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Absolutely true, Anish. Just because a minority of a religion have taken to terror, doesn’t mean that all the ppl following that religion are bad.

    There are so many ppl and places in India, where the Hindus and Muslims live in harmony and each one will give their life for others. These things dont come to lime light at all. Its the bad things thats given prominence.

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    • 34. anishthomas  |  February 1, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      I have hope uma.Lets wish all the communities will identify and discard all the black sheep’s among them

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  • 35. ladylovesblogs  |  January 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    It is always a small section of people who have changed the world. For better or worse.

    Thats the reality even today.

    Raising a voice against the terrorists will help. Only those from within the community can bring about a change now. If 95% are not terrorists, their voice need to be heard, in blogs, papers, news……sadly it is not heard, may be there is not enough noise? 95% can surely suppress that 5% if they desire so.

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