Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Indian Express should use caution using terms loosely

Indian Express in their report Rapist tantrik fleeced girls’ family of Rs 1 crore: police write

Mehdi Kasim Shaikh, the tantrik arrested for raping six teenagers, allegedly fleeced their family of Rs 1 crore over a period of time and stashed it in a flat he had rented in Kalyan. The discovery came after the police raided the flat.

According to Dictionary, Tantrik is Adjective of Tantra which mean

Any of a comparatively recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature written in Sanskrit and concerned with powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.

So a tantrik is a practitioner of the Hindu tantra systems of beliefs.

In that case, How can Mehdi Kasim Shaik a muslim be a tantrik? IE’s use of term creates unnecessary confusion and Media Watch hopes that IE will be more cautious


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