I am writing about the news report, "Hero buried in the Capital amid total media blackout. Muslim Captain dies unsung"
(http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/15-8-2000/Art1.htm). I was saddened to see that the mainstream media did not report it. What saddened me more was your inflammatory headline, "Muslim Captain dies unsung". By putting up such a headline, you do GREAT DISSERVICE to the heroes like Capt Saifi (may his soul rest in peace).
Here, in the United States, I proudly thump my chest and proclaim to all and sundry that "look, in India, all religions live harmoniously and the Muslims are every bit as patriotic as the Sikhs, Hindus, Christians, Jains, Parsees, etc.".
But you had to spoil the brave Captain's sacrifice, didn't you? You simply had to put up such a headline. Your attitude is called "toasting bread on the funeral pyre".
Just for one moment you could have put aside your blind hate for the country, but you did not. You could have raised this issue later. But NO! You simply had to bring this up on this occasion. Shame on...What did you gain by it? Simply, NOTHING.
I pray to God (my God, your God, everyone's God) that there be a 100,000 Captain Saifis born in India, and ZERO writers like S U Rahman. Rahman is not even worthy of touching the dirt on Captain Saifi's feet.
Ajay Shekhawat Buffalo, NY ajay@cse.Buffalo.EDU
What is very sad to you was very good for the unsung martyr's family. As a direct result of our story the national media took interest in the issue and the martyr's family received some help.
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