For the New York Times and the Washington Post, Kasab is strictly a gunman.

“Mumbai Gunman Enters Plea Of Guilty”, the Post headline read a day later, and the 428 words of the report from New Delhi do not include “terrorist” — not even to qualify the “attack”.

Kasab is “one of the 10 gunmen who laid siege to India’s financial capital for three days last November”, Lashkar-e-Taiba is “outlawed, Pakistan-based group” and the attack that claimed more than 170 lives is “the deadly carnage”.

The NYT report with the headline “Suspect Stirs Mumbai Court by Confessing” has 1,050 words, but terrorist is not among them. Kasab is “suspect”, “gunman” and “attacker”.

The Wall Street Journal calls the incidents “terrorist attacks”, but those behind them were “10 suspected gunmen”. For the Los Angeles Times, the 21-year-old Pakistani is “the only suspected gunman”.

This is, of course, no different from the terminology the American media used in reporting those ghastly events on Nov 26-29 last year.

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