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Friday, February 17, 2006


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Christening a Pet? Honor or Insult

Recently in Mumbai there were protests against Manisha Koirala because she had named her pet dog 'Mustafa', supposedly some prophet of Islam.

This event demonstrates an important difference between Oriental (at least South Asian) and Occidental (at least American) cultures. In America naming a pet after someone is an act of showing love and honor towards that person. My roommate's dad who is religiously Republican and a strong supported of the current President named his dog "George W." to honor him. Whereas in India people consider it an affront to their dignity if someone names their pet after them.

Poor Manisha, I am pretty sure that she had no inkling that what she thought of as an innocuous cool sounding name will land her in so much controversy.

8 Comments:

At Fri Feb 17, 06:48:00 AM 2006, Blogger s. Toufeeq a. Ahmed said...

dude, mustafa is the name of prohphet mohammed (PBUH)...Mohammed Mustafa..

Will manisha koirala name her dog after her dads name? Just to honor her father....

Before naming anybody, ppl (atleast who are in limelight) should not be dumb enough to not to find out waht it means..

 
At Fri Feb 17, 09:12:00 AM 2006, Blogger Surendra Singhi said...

Well, I didn't knew that Mustafa is the name of prophet Mohammed. What is this PBUH?

Manisha is not an American, but Americans do name their pets after their deceased parents. You know it is a different way of looking at things, Indians look at it condescending (pets are like slaves), whereas Americans think that they love their pets (pets are like kids). But, don't generalize from this.

In popular culture to non-Muslims Mustafa (Manisha grew up in a Hindu country) does sounds innocuous, remember the song "Mustafa, Mustafa, Mustafa, Tum ho Hamara Mustafa". Part of the problem is the levity with which this name is treated.

Also, dumbness is directly proportional to popularity, because popular people hardly get the time to educate themselves.

 
At Sat Feb 18, 01:18:00 AM 2006, Blogger s. Toufeeq a. Ahmed said...

there was a big uproar for the song "mustafa mustafa.." AR Rahman is confused guy.... i have seen this with tamil muslims... ther are way more tamilians ....

yes i think same too.. dumbness is directlyproportional to ....

PBUH - peace be upon him

 
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