The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Rage Boy SPEAKS!

Holy cow, how'd I miss THIS little gem? (Thanks for the pointer, o great Allah!)

"Bow to my RAGE!"
Shakeel Bhat, 31, has been displaying his teeth and shaking his fist over anything from Salman Rushdie's knighthood to Danish cartoons, becoming a photographers' favourite and earning himself the nickname "Rage Boy" in online columns and blogs.

One American columnist has dismissed him as a "professional Muslim protester," while other bloggers have also held him up for ridicule as a person who appears to be very easily enraged about anything.

But Bhat, the man behind the angry face, said he could take any kind of criticism in his stride.

"Whatever I do, I do for Allah and the Prophet Mohammed," said Bhat, who admits to having been an armed militant between 1991 and 1994 with a pro-Pakistan rebel group.

"I can't resist injustice. I protest for all the oppressed Muslims in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan," he told AFP.

Bhat dropped out of school in his early teens, and quickly found his way into the armed struggle against New Delhi's disputed hold over part of the scenic Himalayan region.
The nearly 18-year-old conflict has left at least 42,000 people dead, nearly a third of them civilians.

After escaping scores of police raids, Bhat finally spent three years behind bars -- a lucky escape from the Indian army's "catch and kill" tactics of the 1990s.
While he no longer carries a weapon, Bhat said he was still fuming about the Indian army's often suffocating presence in Kashmir -- where there is one soldier for every four civilians -- and what he sees as a wider international conspiracy against Muslims.

"If my photographs get published across the world, it is because my emotions are real and my looks are not deceptive. The photos show the anger inside," said the full-time demonstrator, who when off the street looks distincly modest and a little shy.

Wow... it's stunning to see the lengths that the "real" wire services will go to prop up this guy. There's no doubt that his "emotion" is genuine, o faithless reporters. The interesting thing I see is that none of you even noticed that the same guy was showing up time and time again, feigning anger at every slight against the cause of Islam. I'd think that any wire editor worth his salt would've caught on to this guy years ago, and noticed that perhaps his wire service was being gamed for attention.

But then again, I'm an outsider. What do I know?

It's a very interesting interview. I highly recommend looking into the depths of Rage Boy's soul, courtesy the AFP.

Update: The Times of India joins the fun. Thanks for the visit, my Indian friends!

  #Rage Boy Sightings


#1 forest 05-Jul-2007
'"Guess what? Islamic Rage Boy has been sighted again on Friday, June 22, the worldwide day of rage," Snapped Shot, a blog dedicated to photojournalism, chortled last week.'

#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 05-Jul-2007
What can I say? I just LOVE to chortle!


#3 forest 05-Jul-2007
"chor·tle (chôr'tl)
A snorting, joyful laugh or chuckle."

Looks like I've been doing alot of chortling lately too.
#4 MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 05-Jul-2007
Tags: Islamic Rage Boy
And he knows about his “Islamic Rage Boy” name! HAAAAAAAAA!!
Shakeel Bhat, 31, has been displaying his teeth and shaking his fist over anything from Salman Rushdie’s knighthood to Danish cartoons, becoming a ph...
#5 James F McEnanly 06-Jul-2007
In effect, he has gone from being a warrior to a photographer's model,from Zulu impi to Zoolander.
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