#NotByMyName, The new hashtag

Published by Abhisek Mallick on

Muslim driver’s heroic rescue of Amarnath yatris.

LeT terrorist is a Hindu.

If you do not find anything wrong in these sentences, then that’s exactly what is wrong in the these times. It is this attitude to identify every incident in light of some religious undertone. Did that bus driver think for one second that he is a “Muslim” and he is saving “Hindu” passengers and for that only he should get extra brownie points? Did that terrorist think to be a change and become “the Hindu terrorist” in a sector dominated by Muslims?


Religion is never the cause. Religion is never the identity. It is not that important. The bus driver saved all those people because that’s what humanity is. He is a human being who saved other human beings in time of danger. His religion is not the catalyst. It is an insult to him that he is being identified as a “Muslim” first before being a hero.

On the other hand, that LeT terrorist is being identified as a Hindu and being made an example that “Look, Hindus have also joined the party! Muslims cannot be blamed alone!” Completely forgetting the fact that it has nothing to do with any of those communities. Terrorism has its own convoluted agenda and it never have anything to do with religion. Religion is the veil behind which terrorism hides it’s evil face.

The point is simple- Terrorism kills, humanity saves. You might have noticed I have not used the names of the respective persons. Think about it. If you did not know the names of those people, you still would have respected or hated them based on their deeds. So, why not keep doing that?

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Identify me #NotByMyName, but by my actions.

From the other side,




Sayani Fouzdar · July 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

“Terrorism kills, humanity saves”- well said.
Totally agreed!

Nayana Chowdhury · July 14, 2017 at 8:59 am

Good to read an ideological thought. Religion should not be the identity but it is. Caste should not be the identity but it is. For that matter why should Indian be your identity? Religion, Caste, Nationality are all part of ascribed status. You have no role in them unless you have chosen nationality of a country. Unless you adopt another religion. Good points!

On the bus driver’s religion, I think it is important to identify his religion to counter the narrative that Muslims are of a certain character (read negative). Muslims are often part of the “other” and one constantly hear about clergy’s thoughts in the name of Muslim’s thought. No body tries to pass Sakaracharya’s thoughts as your thoughts, right? So imagine the frustration of a Muslim by birth when he is not even allowed a “secular” or “atheist” credential (Umar for example). It is thus important to create a counter-narrative. Create enough humane stories to balance the narrative. Denying the identity will not help especially when one is killed or revered on the basis of that. We need to celebrate out “black-sheep” identity and show it is quite the contrary from what it is made out to be. Lets discuss when we meet next.

Nilanjana · July 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Nice write-up! However, I have another point of view regarding ‘religion’ after working with various Inter-Faith Group… People can take the Human out of the Religion but Religion will never be out from people due to various reasons (which needs a separate discussion). Sad but true! Hence, We need to make sure ‘the Human’ stays inside the religion! Respecting each other is important and therefore we need to keep the platform open for dialogues to bridge the gap!

Nilu · July 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

You have to live one level up. Upper than the Religion, Caste, Community etc. People like us has a big role in it to bring then under knowledge. Terrorist are misdirected towards hatred. These are fact but there is lot of fallacy behind these. You have to be spiritual at times not religious.

Delphia · May 6, 2018 at 9:14 am

What a joy to find such clear thnniikg. Thanks for posting!

Carli · May 6, 2018 at 10:40 am

I’m grfeuatl you made the post. It’s cleared the air for me.

Philinda · May 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

You put the lime in the concuot and drink the article up.

Andie · May 6, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Now I know who the brainy one is, I’ll keep lonoikg for your posts.

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