Some months ago I got an e-mail from Sufyan bin Uzayr, editor of bravenewworld.in. He saw something I'd written and asked if he could reproduce it at his website. I gladly assented.
Today I found this in my inbox:
I saw the evil side of communal tensions few days back. Clearly a reflection of where our world is headed.
Happened that a Magazine with which I've been a writer for quite some time refused to publish my articles, unless I changed my name. Reason? "SUFYAN BIN UZAYR" seems way too extremist. To quote from the Editor, "...I'll be glad if you wrote under an Anglicized name."
About the mag I couldn't care less. Their loss, not mine. But this is indeed sad. I can only imagine how difficult it'd be for folks from Muslim-majority areas to get established in any given field.
Talk about bias!