Terror is terror

We must not see the whole phenomenon of terrorism through the prism of religion. Any religion

PREJUDICE

MUHAMMAD KAMRAN SHAMSHAD

Whenever any bomb-blast rips any part of the world, media is too quick to shoulder the responsibility on Muslims and brand them as ‘Islamic terrorists.’ Indian media is no exception to the case. The recent example that springs to my mind is unfortunate twin blasts in Hyderabad city in India. It qualified as the top headline for days and names of one Muslim or the other was dragged in. It goes without saying, such victimization has not happened for the first time in Indian media. But at the same, if any Hindu fanatic carries the bomb attack, terms like ‘a suspect’, ‘a man’, ‘allegedly’ find its place in journalism lingo. Take the case of 2007 Ajmer blast which claimed three lives and injured scores. Another ‘accused’ Mehul alias Mafat Lal was arrested in the first week of March in connection with the blast. Now is that surprising? I guess not. Since there is a long list of terror attacks carried by Hindu group in India like Hyderabad’s Makkah Masjid blast, Malegaon blast. But what is shocking is the Indian media’s approach towards them. The recent development in the Ajmer case was simply carried as a small story—well not even as a story actually. Television channels reduced the news to a line (which keeps running on television screen for sometime), and newspapers buried the news in their middle pages and reduced it to just three or four lines. Was it such a small news story? I know his arrest wasn’t the first breakthrough or a new twist in the case. But nonetheless it was a big news considering the ongoing stereotyping against Muslims by non-Muslim society. It was like icing on the cake situation for the media, which claims to be rational, to clear misconceptions, prejudices, stereotyping against the Muslims. Why did then Indian media not take any editorial call to play the story big?
Also, refer back to the newspapers, you will find Mafat Lal being called ‘an accused’, or maximum you find is ‘a right-wing’. But nowhere you will find the tag of ‘terrorist’, let alone be ‘Hindu terrorist.’ First of all, why wasn’t his religion taken along with his name? Why wasn’t he called a terrorist? Is it simply because he wasn’t a Muslim? Is it because he was a Hindu? Is it because he belongs to the powerful majority community in India? Second of all, for heaven’s sake, what does this ‘right-wing’ terrorism mean? I wonder do you otherwise suggest ‘left-wing’ terrorism!
Needless to say, terrorism, as goes the cliché, has no color, religion, caste or creed. Terrorism is terrorism, which must be condemned by one and all. It should not be looked through the prism of religion as no religion promotes terrorism. We should not malign the image of any religion for our vested interest.
skamranmuhammad@gmail.com

Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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