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UGC 211

Kite Runner
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Kirti kumar Sharma

on 18 April 2010

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Transcript of UGC 211

UGC - 211 AMERICAN PLURALISM – SEARCH FOR EQUALITY

PRESENTED BY:

KIRTI KUMAR SHARMA
AVANI PANDYA



Our Book:

Kite Runner – By Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner Movie Trailer
Our Agenda for Today: Character Diagram Book Characters Religion SHIA

“Supportive people of a party”
Followers of Ali – cousin and family of prophet

Minority
10-15% around the world
Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon.

SUNNI

“One who follows tradition of the prophet
Followers of Abu bakr – friend and descendent of prophet
Majority
85% around the world
Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, UAE, etc….

Race / Ethnicity Pre Soviet
Hazara and Pashtun
Hazara
Low caste community,
basically servants,
differ in physical appearance,
uneducated,
different accent.
Pashtun
Ethnic afghans known as pathans
Well Setteled, higher Class
Educated
Economically superiors Post Soviet

No difference between Hazara and Pashtuns
Sex slaves,
Rape,
Murder
No security of either race
Post Taliban:

Sunni’s given priority only if they follow Taliban rules
Shia’s were completely eradicated
Shia’s werent considered Muslims
Shia’s were the sex slaves, not treated well
No women, allowed to study
Class: Socio Economical

Upper Class

Royal Lifestyle
Have “naukar” or “mazdur”
Educated
Amir’s Family
Lower Class
Low wage people
Working class or servants
Hassan’s Family
Socio Political

Higher Ranking Officers / Business Men

High Ranking Army Officers
Big Business Men
People have political affluence
Amir’s Family used such political relations for Immigration to USA ( Melting pot)
Working Class

No Political affluence
No good Economic Standing
Like Hasan’s Family, who stayed back in Kabul ( Afghanistan)
Freedom / Slavery: Soviet Union:

Captured entire Afghanistan
No security
Females were sexually harassed
Unreasonable Murders / Killings
Established and imposed their rules and regulations
Talibans:

The Sunni Islamic Political Movement
Group of angered and victimized muslims formed a political group called “ Talibans”
Freed Afghanistan from Soviet
New Rules, law and orders were into practice
Protected Muslim – Islam Community
Shia’s werent considered to be Muslims
Lives don’t change for Shia’s – gets even worse
Gender: Males:

Considered Superior
Has entire freedom
Never questioned
Females

Inferior
Bound to thousands of Restrictions
Questioned and insulted socially

In the story….

Hassan’s father was impotent, but his mother was blamed for not giving birth to a child
Hassan : son of “Baba” ( Amir’s Father) and Sanaubar ( Hassan’s Mother)
Deep dark Secret
Society’s / Community reaction
Hosseini’s Words The romanticized Afghanistan that lives in the minds of our parents (and in my own childhood memory) probably never existed. That society had warts and pimples that no one talked about and that strangely, no one talks about to this day. But I am glad that this book is reaching so many people. I get e-mails from readers thanking me for finally putting a human face to the Afghans. I don't know if I've done that, but it is true that our people have been -- in fiction at least -- faceless and voiceless for far too long."
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