Sura is Sanskrit. If you add an "a" to a name in Sanskrit, it makes it the opposite. "Sura" means a saintly person or a servant of God; "asura" is a demon or a non-spiritual person. Although an asura doesn't have to be an evil person (in the Hindu scriptures there were children of asuras who were great devotees of God yet were still officially "asuras"), still the term "asura" has pretty negative connotations in the Hindu community as the word "demon" is the best translation for it.
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