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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Let People Mourn their Own Ways Durable Link to this BLOG
The Net is swamped with do this, do that messages. Why not let people mourn in their own ways?

Yahoo!: Hindus & Sikhs remember the dead in a ritual
Yahoo!: Muslim woman offers prayers for victims of the terrorist attack in the United States

Sikhs are not Arabs, Muslims are not terrorists

Tribune: US Sikhs taken for Arabs, face backlash

Many people mistake me for an Arab; and the prejudice (in the context of the terrorism IMHO), is even understandable. But to mistake a Sikh for an Arab because of the turban is very sad. FYI the religion of Sikhism started to defend against the Islamic fundamentalism.

I also take the opportunity to point that not all Muslims or Arabs are terrorists. They might be sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians, but all the Muslims I know are God fearing, honest, normal people. Unfortunately, they are the silent majority, lacking leadership and publicity. Perhaps it is time for them to stand up and identify themselves with the mainstream.

My father once told me that terrorism has no religion, and that it was a religion of its own (he was opposed to the term "Sikh terrorists", prevalent in India during the 80s). I have wondered about it for many years now, and am still pondering over it.

Senseless Carnage

What most people in non-democratic cultures do not get is that America is a people ruled democracy. This means that the policies and decision making of the nation can be influenced via dialogue, debate, and non-violent protests. If an American policy is wrong, that can be corrected by her people -- there is no need to bomb buildings and kill innocent people.

No matter how I try, the cowardly acts of September 11th do not make sense to me. Perhaps I do not understand hatred of that magnitude. Perhaps I am expecting too much; expecting sense from senseless morons.

The Indian Perspective

HindustanTimes: Warning to Hindus -- a boy was shot and injured Friday outside his school in Agra, apparently as a warning for India not to side with the United States in any conflict arising out of the recent terrorist attacks.

First Written: Friday, September 14, 2001
Last Modified: 1/29/2003

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