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9/11 – 10th anniversary: Is the world a safe place now

9/11 – 10th anniversary:  Is the world a safe place now by The British Asian Blog

September 11 2001 – was the day when four planes were hi-jacked, two were flown into the twin towers New York, and two were flown into other sites.  Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of this awful and dire day in which 3000 people lost their lives.

Since this event took place, many more continue to lose their lives around the world; one thing for sure (in my view) is the world is less safe to live in after 9/11.  I wish this day never happened and a day I wish turned out to be different for everyone, but this definitely is a day which has turned the whole world into one big battle field.

10 years on and countless number of deaths later, I’m force to rethink whether or not the ‘the war on terror’ response from USA and its alliance actually achieved anything positive?

Over the last few weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary, I’m gradually reminded about this day by various information mediums.  Documentaries one after another on different aspects of 9/11 are aired targeting the times when TV is mostly watched, forcing the masses to relive and revive that moment when the planes struck the towers.   This day was a nightmare and everything that followed on from this day was even worse.  Why should we be forced to relive or stimulate these nightmares and be reminded of how society crumbled literally over night?

Nonetheless my thoughts and prayers go out to those innocent people who have lost their lives since 9/11.  10 years on I’m convinced that America could have taken a different route to bring whoever was behind 9/11 to justice.  As it stands there is so much discrepancies around 9/11 which casts a shadow on the official US government explanation and evidence.

After 9/11 there were many repercussions on people and communities around the world, British Asians were for sure a community and amongst others who experienced hostilities from a generally neutral society.  It caused problems for many people and in all sectors, racism rocketed since 9/11 against Muslims or anyone who appeared to look like a Muslim, and media-manufactured stories didn’t help.

Many British Asians may evoke hearing stories or evening experiencing racism in places where they lived for decades without any trouble, in places where they worked, studied or socialised.  For sure life for many British Asians became difficult and lived in fear of reprisals and punishments from society which they were very much part of.

10 years on, life has improved somewhat for British Asians but embedded deep inside the subconscious mind of the British Society there still lingers the antagonism and racism which has given rise to Islamaphobia.  Life for sure hasn’t been the same since 9/11. Asian society on the receiving end made numerous attempts to launch projects to help level out any issues and to educated people in to live together in harmony and better tolerance.  One such attempt was a Bollywood movie called “My Name is Khan” which addresses confusion that many people have.  It was a success but not reality.  We have got some way to go before we see living conditions improve in all areas for British Asians.


Shafilea Ahmed – Honour Killing Parents charged with her murder

Shafilea Ahmed – Honour Killing Parents charged with her murder – By The British Asian Blog

Interesting development around a case which I followed with interest few years ago.  The parents of Shafilea Ahmed have been charged over suspected honour killing.

Case Summary:  17 year old Shafilea went missing in 2003 from her home town Warrington Cheshire.  Later in 2004 her decomposed body was discovered on the banks of River Kent in Cumbria following a flood.  Her parents Iftikhar Ahmed and Farzana Ahmed were initially arrested on suspicions of kidnapping back in December 2003 but later in June 2004 they were released without charge, only to be arrested once again September 2010 but this time on the suspicion of murder.

This was a horrible and gruesome crime and very much an act of pure evil against a young British Asian, who simply wanted to live her life like everyone else.  What brought her ambitions and aspirations to a terrible end was the mindset of her parents, who favoured their status of family respect over anything else, including their religion and more importantly the freedom of their child.

Note:  If you don’t like what I write or disagree with my view, then you can vent your anger or frustration in the comments section.  I’m entitled to voice my opinion and since I own this blog, I’ll say exactly what I feel and believe.

The debate of honour killings is still very much alive in this country and no doubt it will be highlighted once again in the coming days.  When this news first broke out in 2003/2004 it was reported that honour killing was mainly ripe in Middle East and Asia and it was understood to claim the lives of 5000 women per year, these are recorded and identified deaths.  As it goes, UK has seen honour killing on many occasions and till date no effective measures have been put in place to prevent honour killings from happening in the future.

Honour killing of a woman is mainly carried out by family or relatives who ‘believe’ she has brought shame on the family.  In my opinion this is really a poor excuse in justifying a horrendous crime.  Shame is really brought on the family when such honour crime is committed, and it’s a shame on the wider extended family and community who fail to recognise this issue and address it, despite it being repeated on many occasions in the UK.

At the same time, I’m keen to underline that patriarchal violence does not belong to any religion and it’s wrong to perceive it to be a problem linked to any particular religion.

Many believe that Asian families are closely linked with one another, forming a close nit community.  This may have been the case 30 to 40 years ago but in the last 20 odd years in my view the truth could not be further apart.  Many families suppressed their internal issues in fear of reprisals from the larger Asian community, who may shut the door and isolate them.  Under such circumstances is when issues get out of control. In my view it’s also true that Asian migrants who arrived into this country and the current generation who have been born and bred in this country simply fail to agree on family values and perception of family respect.  What is important to their parents holds no value to the first and second generation of British Asians, and wise versa.

This is a cancer that’s embedded deep inside the Asian society within the UK.  The fear of bringing shame to the family needs to be assessed.  Having ambitions and aspirations some that are alien to the Asian culture doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong or bad for the community.  I fear the failure to prevent such crimes in future will be disastrous leading to a gradual Asian Community collapse.

I’m keen to hear your views are on this?

Thanks for dropping in..

For some strange reason, I decided to finally own a blog of my own (the strange reason I will write about later, when I have understood it properly).  An achievement by my standards.  Thank you for dropping by – I’m glad somehow you managed to click your way here.

There is a reason why I decided to own my own blog, and why I chose the deliberate blog name (or url) as ‘The British Asian Blog’ which I hope to write in another blog post either tomorrow or the day after.  That said – I have struggled to search for other British Asian blog(s) that exist and that are live today (as some do exist but the owner appear(s) to have gone a long vacation since the last post(s) are in 2006 or earlier).  Do British Asian blogs exist?

Anyway – I wanted to start this blog with a little welcoming note.  As I said before, I hope to start writing in the coming days, once I’ve played around with wordpress and its features.

Once again, Thank You for visiting, and I hope you do return and on a regular basis.

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