I am confused by these names and so should you

Kurdishaspect.com - By Hataw Sarkawt

I read few articles recently and couldn’t figure out who is who. I even looked up the “Who Is Who” book and couldn’t find any of those names. Most of the names explain why the Kurds do not have their own identity yet. After some investigation in Kurdish Media, I found some connections between the names and what they stand for.

Apparently Kamal Mirawdali, an opponent of the establishment in Southern Kurdistan but a supporter of Layla Zana in Northern Kurdistan , criticized Hero Talibani for negligence and subsequent suicide of Layla Ali, who had been working as a reporter for Hero’s’TV network.

Hero has been married to a president who controls Kurdistan from Baghdad . Layla Ali had become critical of this president and reminded Mirawdali of his hero, Layla Zana, who had been critical of another president that controls Kurdistan from Ankara . While first Layla had tolerated 10 years imprisonment in a Turkish jail for speaking Kurdish, the second Layla had taken her life to avoid the pressure form the leader of an Arab state that happened to speak Kurdish too.

Soon Aryan Akrai, a young woman writer, criticized Mirawdali for questioning the integrity of Hero Xan, who happened to be Akrai’s hero. Akrai has suspected that Mirawdali is prototype of a male dominated society that can not tolerate the success of women heroes.

Then Mufid Abdulla, whose last name reminds me of Allah’s servants, criticized Akrai for criticizing Mirawdali. Abdulla believes Akrai’s should use Mrs. Hero and not Hero Xan to be taken seriously. The Allah’s servant believes Mrs. Hero but not Hero Xan should be criticized, even if she is the wife of the representative of Allah in Baghdad .

Finally I realized that in this war of names only two names, Zana and Hero, are heroic in term of true identity representation. While Layla, Hero, and Aryan represent women names, Ali, Kamal, Mirawdali, Talibani, Akrai, Mufid, Abdulla, and Allah represent male names. Although the lost names include a female (Layla) and a male (Ali) only one woman lost her valuable life in a society that is dominated by male names. March 8 was about creating a society in which female and male names are equally represented. At that point instead of unusual names such as Allah’s servant, people should use more appropriate names that represent their true identity.

Once the majority of a society carries names that represent its own identity, then that society has the potential to be free. Kurdistan has not reached that level yet, but it will once the next generation carries names such as Hataw, Sarkawt, Jian, Bayan, Galawij, Kolan, Hero, Xawan, Zana, Firan, Tishk, Roian, Ashti, Galan, instead of traditional names such as Allah’s servant.


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March 10, 2009
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