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Us and them ? October 8, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in geo-politics, ideas, india.

I didnt know about this.

Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped by Sunni Muslim insurgents in Baghdad on Jan. 7, 2006.Over the next 82 days, she had closer contact with Sunni insurgents than any American who has lived to tell the tale.

In her last hours of captivity this man told her: “Forget about the council. You can’t talk about the women or the children. You have to say you were in one room the whole time. Everything is forbidden. You must forget it all.”
She couldn’t. This is her story.
I am going to follow that story for sure.

Here is something more interesting, more controversial. I linked to that from, well, here. The link points to a post by an American anthropologist who spent some time in the Middle-east and his impressions on how Arabs are really different people. I think these are very interesting perspectives. And yeah, dont miss the comments section.

But, quite an intrigue that the author of this post is linking to a song from Omkaara when he is making a statement about the Arabs. This weird thing apart, I was really thinking if I really relate to the dance sequence or song at all, being brought up in so different a part of India. Besides, its been a while since I watched movies at all – and Hindi movies – well, perhaps 3-4 in the past 2 years. Maybe thats why.

The Arab way of life, is more than just Islam I believe. Even if Islam there were replaced by a religion compatible with their tribal code, things might as well be the same. Reminds me how Naipaul’s comments on how the first victims of Arabic colonization was infact the rest of the Islamic world. I also see that Indian muslims probably have more in common with Indian culture codes than with Arabic variety, although admitting that might be a sacrilege to some.



1. Aswin Cletus D'Souza - October 9, 2006

Thanks for the great link on Jill Carroll… it was a gripping story, very well written.

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