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How Religion and Music Are Connected In India
Aakar Patel

In Islam, more I suspect from the desert cultural traditions rather than the scripture, music is outside orthopraxy. What did Aurangzeb, the great Indian champion of Muslim orthodoxy, think of music? We know from Maasir-e-Alamgiri, the chronicle that the court bureaucrat Saqi Mustad Khan kept secretly for 49 years.....

The Message of CA Topper Prema
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The Message of CA Topper Prema
Syed Mansoor Agha

I have personally experienced the joy the parents have when their son and specially their daughter achieves an unexpected success despite adverse circumstances.  Perhaps that’s why when the good news from Mumbai came that one of the daughters of our nation Prema J Kumar has topped the CA examination this year, my eyes welled with tears of natural joy. ...

Cultural India Remains Hostage to the Whims of Communal Hotheads
Akshaya Mishra

...the state is not the collaborator, but the victim. Over the last few years the idea of the state – identified roughly with the government and its machinery – has been under tremendous attack from all quarters. The media, the civil society, the judiciary, the intellectuals, the man on the street and even the political parties who are part of the establishment are chipping away at the authority of the state....


Limited Understanding of Total Vision of Islam Is the Reason for the Girls' Band Fatwa
Hameedah Nayeem

I do not believe in these Fatwas which are basically, not well thought out. Everything we do is not strictly Islamic. There have been women poet & singers who have contributed to the art & culture of society & nobody has ever raised a finger against them. In the present case, it is a very trivial issue. It is basically some boys who also formed a rock band who have actually threatened this group of girls. Because of professional or gender rivalry....

Kashmiri culture bears testimony and has produced best singers, composers, who have had expressed their heart via singing and music. What wrong if these girls have defied their conventional, and have opted to use their way of expressing themselves. I want to ask those Clerics and Leaders who always dictate terms over acts of womenfolk and never provide a solution which acceptable to all. If music is controversial, what about the DOWRY,....

In this atmosphere when the Hindu right is trying to assert itself in a big way by projecting a highly divisive figure like Narendra Modi. A genuine fear among the largest minority is bound to take place in next year’s elections. Those who adore India and its plurality and multiculturalism are also feeling apprehensive. It’s not about the physical security of an individual; it’s about the idea of India....

Shah Rukh Khan: Inside My Khanate
Shah Rukh Khan

I am a Khan. The name itself conjures multiple images in my mind too: a strapping man riding a horse, his reckless hair flowing from beneath a turban tied firm around his head. His ruggedly handsome face marked by weathered lines and a distinctly large nose. A stereotyped extremist; no dance, no drink, no cigarette tipping off his lips, no monogamy, no blasphemy; a fair, silent face beguiling a violent fury smouldering within. A streak that could even make him blow himself up in his God’s name.....


Let’s Not Cast Shahrukh in This Long-Running India-Pakistan Film Entitled Tragedy and Farce
Shah Rukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan is an icon. In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia and the rest of the world – he’s an artist that does the job of crossing borders effortlessly. But he happens to be born an Indian and, by all accounts, at peace with his multiple identities. So, when Lashkar-e-Taiba boss, Hafiz Saeed, whose new fondness for Hindi / Urdu cinema and actors has come as a bit of surprise to me, takes up cudgels for Shahrukh, and offers him security in Pakistan, one must question his motives….


Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam and Freedom of Expression
Poster of Film Vishwaroopam

There is always a hue and cry against those activities that Muslims feel are derogatory to Islam. A recent example is the South Indian film Vishwaroopam. Such behaviour in the name of Islam is nothing but de-Islamisation of Islam as it is quite alien to Islamic scriptures. The so-called derogatory activities are not a recent phenomenon. It was very common during the prophetic and post-prophetic periods regarded as the golden era of Islam....

No to Religious Terrorism, No To Talibanisaton, Progressive Leaders from Pakistan and Kashmir Demand Peaceful Political Solution
Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri

Recently, progressive leaders from Pakistan and Kashmir came together to attend a seminar titled ‘No to religious terrorism, no to Talbanisation, Kashmiris demand Peaceful Political Solution’ to explore the possibilities of a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue that has been a contentious issue between India and Pakistan. The seminar was organized by the United Kashmir Peoples National Party in London......

The killers have been operating on a daily basis not taking leave even on Fridays and on the auspicious occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, the 12th Rabi ul Awwal. It is a shame that the human blood is so cheap in a country that boasts of being a Islamic country. Given below is a table of fatal attacks and deaths in Karachi in the month of January. Apart from common citizens, those who were killed include member of Assembly Manzar Imam and religious leaders, not to speak of police officers and security guards....

According to Rizana’s lawyers, she had no legal representation upon arrest and she was tortured and threatened until she signed a confession in Arabic, a language she didn’t understand, that she strangled the baby. Saudi Arabia follows the strict, ultra-conservative Wahhabi Sharia law, which lacks judicial precedence. Death sentences are carried out for murder, rape, drug smuggling as well as for adultery, blasphemy and being gay. The law is not properly codified and interpretations of the law and meting out justice differ from judge to judge.....

The character certificate was issued to the Taliban 2 days after the home minister Rehman Malik had severely criticised the Taliban for its violent activities killing Muslims. The report seems to be propaganda by the Pakistan government against India to divert the attention of the Pakistani people from the internal crisis in which the PPP government presently is. It has also aimed at exploiting the tensions between the two nations....

On Republic Day, Consider That India's Real Split Is Between Two Hinduisms
Shreya Sen-Handley

Hinduism works well as a way of life. It could knit the nation together, but there's another version thriving in rural India. Once a year since 1950, India tries to convince the world (and itself) that it is indeed a superpower, with an epic show that takes over the grandest road in India, the Rajpath in New Delhi. The Republic Day parade celebrates India's nationhood with pomp and circumstance. This year, however, there has been a flurry of calls to boycott the event. For the first time, the Indian middle class is disassociating itself from this hoopla....


Citizens Should Realise That Democracy Is For the People By the People and Of the People
Gulmina Bilal Ahmad

Citizens should realise that the failure of a government is not the failure of the democratic system. As a resident of Islamabad, I have viewed and experienced the recent unfolding political events at first hand in the past few days. A cleric with fiery rhetoric and claims of ushering in a revolution came into the capital with considerable fanfare and then dwindled into non-existence. In the same period, there were two suicide blasts in Quetta,...

Dr Tahirul Qadri's Long March Ended With a Declaratory Whimper Rather Than a Revolutionary Bang
Najam Sethi

As predicted, Dr Tahirul Qadri's "long march" to Islamabad last week ended with a declaratory whimper rather than a revolutionary bang. But some significant political conclusions can be drawn from it. On the positive side, it is no mean feat for Dr Qadri to parachute into Pakistan from Canada after many years, raise tens of billions of rupees to organise and lead over 50,000 people from Lahore to Islamabad.....


Algeria’s Hostage Crisis: Did the Jihadists Have inside Help?
Bruce Crumley

Be that as it may, the European official predicts the horror of the Algerian drama — and powerlessness of Western leaders to do anything to protect their citizens once it began — will justify other reaction Belmokhtar and his Sahel peers may not have counted on. “I think you’ll see both the manner and depth of support other countries are willing to give in Mali increase considerably as a result of In Amenas...


Zero Tolerance, Please:  Terrorism Is Simply Anti-National
Sitaram Yechury

Recollect, on the eve of 1999 general elections in India, the information secretary of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, when asked as to who should form the future government in India, said: “The BJP suits us. Within a year they have made us into a nuclear and missile power. Lashkar-e-Taiba is getting a good response because of the BJP’s statements. It is much better than before. We pray to God that they come to power again. Then we will emerge even stronger”....


We (Americans) Have Always Understood That When Times Change, So Must We: President Barack Hussein Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.

Real People, Mere Numbers in Dr Tahirul Quadri’s March
Asha’ar Rehman

Subsequently, the focus of the search shifted to Dr Qadri’s possible backers. Since he had been presumed to have been tasked to do a job, his own ability and resources were of secondary importance. Those believed to be pulling the strings were to ensure numbers by his side. For many days, this is how the equation was, or was widely perceived to be....


Voice of the Establishment: Welcome to the Fourth Term of George W. Bush
Inderjeet Parmar

...  why has Obama maintained the principal planks of the foreign and national security policies of the George W. Bush administrations, despite having promised radical change? In their haste to explain, most commentators cling to what are now ‘old favourites’: Obama’s legacy of wars and financial crises; his lack of experience in foreign affairs; his personal insecurities at being commander-in-chief but having served in no wars....

Rape And Punishment- Conservatives Exposed
Asghar Ali Engineer
The Jamat-e-Islami has come out with the solution that women should dress decently and co-education should be stopped for eradicating rape. As if rape is promoted by co-education. The Jamat has resorted to 19th century discourse when co-education was to be introduced and was being discussed. Mohan Bhagwat also said that rapes are committed only in India (meaning modern cities) and not in Bharat (i.e. villages)

‘Canadian Society Is Our Heaven’: Cleric Behind Pakistan Protests Touts Islam, Democracy, Tim Hortons
Rubab Abid
Tahir ul Qadri told the National Post, “Islam teaches democracy, Islam teaches human rights, Islam defends the rights of minorities. Islam does not believe in discrimination. So my interpretation of Islam is a bit different from the mullahs. I feel that the teachings of Islam creates a moderate, progressive, free and democratic society, free of every kind of extremism and terrorism. This is my interpretation of Islam and what I want to see here.”


Maulana Tahir-ul-Quadri and Imran Khan: the Cleric And the Cricketer
Rafia Zakaria

Tahir-ul-Qadri could well be called Imran Khan with better timing, a beard and a more religiously appealing resume. Whether or not the neatly bearded cleric commanding the crowds in Islamabad will succeed in toppling the flailing Zardari government may not be known, but he has undoubtedly been blessed by the benevolence of good timing....

A WAY to benchmark the seriousness of the present India- Pakistan crisis is to imagine the consequences of a Mumbai type mass- casualty attack by Pakistan- backed, or Pakistani, terrorists in India today. Given the national mood, it would be difficult to rule out anything then, even war. ...there is no alternative to engaging with our conjoined sibling. There are poisons in our relationship that predate partition of 1947, and these need to be worked out before things normalise....

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