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India or Pakistan, Domestic Helps Face Same Prejudice
Sonya Fatah

Some years ago, during the summer time, I heard some loud rumblings from the street behind my Delhi flat. The sounds grew louder and gradually drew a Sunday audience to the back street, where an elderly neighbour dressed in his Sunday best - a see-thru vest and his undies - was spitting venom upon a street cleaner. The old man said a great many despicable things peppered with curses and foul language. The best treat he saved for the last: Do you know your Zaat? He yelled. Remember it. You will always stay down there.....

 

According to passengers on the bus, one of the female passengers asked a woman who was sitting at the front of the bus to move to the rear. While the seated woman did not object, the driver - who heard the conversation - summoned police, who detained the woman who had made the request and her husband, and the bus continued on its way....

Interpreting Secular Delusions
Javed Anand

That’s “them”, what about “us”? If it’s racism in the US and African-Americans its prime target, it’s communalism in India and Muslims its worst victims. Of course, a Muslim as the Prime Minister of India is beyond our wildest imagination. But can you imagine a governor of some state in the US who is accused of a state-sponsored massacre of African Americans...

Is Edward J. Snowden Aboard This Plane?
Noam Chomsky

Latin American scholar Greg Grandin pointed out that one region was absent from the list of shame: Latin America. That is doubly remarkable. Latin America had long been the reliable “backyard” for the United States. If any of the locals sought to raise their heads, they would be decapitated by terror or military coup. And as it was under U.S. control throughout the latter half of the last century, Latin America was one of the torture capitals of the world….

Celebrating the Spirit of Ramazan, Bohra Style!
Sakina Kavi

I always wonder how boring it is for Bohra men to wear the same kind of Sayo Kurto to the Masjid every time – no matter if it is a big occasion or just an ordinary day. At least, us, women have the liberty to choose from the variety of colours and floral patterns that are available to us. The latest trends of Ridas include vegetables and fruits, but to be quite honest, I am not interested in looking like a fruit basket or a freshly picked strawberry so, I’ll just stick to my one coloured, standard attire....

 

Pig’s Meat and Musharraf’s Trial
Syed Kamran Hashmi

Imagine, we slaughter a pig strictly according to the Islamic principles complying with all the rules and regulations. After that, some people start debating if its meat was kosher for them or not. One of us asks if the butcher was a Muslim. The other enquires if he had recited the correct verse. Someone raises concern if the slaughterhouse was clean enough. Yet another mention if the knife was held in the right direction, if it was adequately sharp to avoid pain...

Hindu Nationalism versus Indian Nationalism
Ram Puniyani

The debate around Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism is not a new one. During colonial period, when the rising freedom movement was articulating the concept and values of Indian nationalism, the section of Hindus, keeping aloof from freedom movement asserted the concept of Hindu Nationalism. The debate has resurfaced again due to the one who is trying to protect himself as the Prime-Ministerial candidate of BJP-NDA, Narendra Modi. In an interview recently (July 2013) said very ‘simply’ that he was born a Hindu, he is a nationalist, so he is a Hindu Nationalist!.....

 

It should be rembered that Mutawwa Police is regulated by Salafi ideology in Saudi Arabia which considers it to Bid’ah and Shirk means against Islam to pay tribute and respect at Holy graves of Jannat ul Baqi and Jannat ul Moalla as well as at Roza-e-Rasool Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam. Thousands of pilgrims regularly complain these harassment by Mutawwa Police in Saudi Arabia but Kingdom shows no attention towards it....

 

After all, Asian philosophers like Lao Tzu, Siddhartha Gautama and Confucius have been as influential in human history as many of their ancient Greek contemporaries. And we have the then-tolerant and open-minded Muslim world to thank for preserving pre-Christian European thought from destruction at the hands of the Churchmen through the thousand or so years of Europe’s ‘Dark Ages’. But nowadays Muslims are threatened with a dark age of their own by governments and fundamentalist groups dedicated to keeping the Ummah as poor....

 

Modi Epitomises What the Other Idea of India Could Look Like
Shoma Chaudhry

India is an imperfect experiment. But if we abandon the poetic idea that underpins it, this is what we will get: “Hindu nationalists”, “Muslim journalists”, and women professionals we try to defang with scurrilous lies....

English Vinglish
Sidharth Bhatia

English Vinglish
Sidharth Bhatia

It is not just the English language that bothers Rajnath Singh and his ilk. It is the catalysing effect of the language. English is an equaliser and a modernising force. And their discomfort is with modernity....

And Then There Were None Left To Report
Ayesha Siddiqa

For anyone thinking of peace between India and Pakistan, it seems that the relationship will always remain a puzzle that people can’t easily decipher. “Now you see it, now you don’t” is what describes the relationship. Every time one begins to think that the two countries are turning a corner in altering attitudes, something happens that suggests otherwise. Islamabad’s decision to not extend the visa of two resident Indian journalists...

 
Malala, Salam and Zafrullah
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Malala, Salam and Zafrullah
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Malala Yousafzai is more than just a 16-year-old girl who dared to light a flame in the pitch dark. She is our future, the future of our children and their children. This is a future where Pakistan will honour all its citizens and treat all its children with the respect and care that they deserve....

 

A ‘Clash of Civilisations’ Begins To Unfold When Bollywood-Lollywood Productions Present a Love Story Involving the Two Countries
Farooq Sulehria

While Bollywood productions showing inter-communal love stories usually refrain from fomenting inter-communal disharmony, the Hindutva mindset is unleashed when it comes to the depiction of cross-border romance. The following films, without exception, showed an Indian Hindu or Sikh boy falling in love with a Muslim Pakistani girl: Henna (1991), Train to Pakistan based on Khushwant Singh’s novel (1999), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Lahore (2010)....

Changing India: The Four Foreign-Born Indian Women Who Have Left A Deep Imprint On Indian History
Kancha Ilaiah

Sonia Gandhi, an Italian by birth but Indian by choice, will perhaps be remembered the most. During her 10-year rule — a de jure rule at that — she has changed the course of the Indian welfare state. Through four legal measures — the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the Right to Information Act (RTI), the Right to Education Act (RTE) and, finally, the masterstroke, the Food Security Ordinance (FSO) — Indian democracy has become seriously transformative….

It is not just this misguiding material in the Urdu textbook that has unsettled many scholars. They are protesting several other serious mistakes in the textbook which they feel, if not withdrawn, will defeat the very purpose of learning and education. In fact, Mumbai-based Arabic-Urdu scholar Dr Shafi Shaikh is so baffled by dozens of factual, grammatical and contextual lapses in this 112-page textbook that he has compiled all of them in a separate book. Titled A pack of mistakes, negligence, ignorance and lapses, Dr Shaikh’s book exposes the casualness and irresponsibility on the part of the team which prepared it.

 

Inter-Religious Marriage another Way of Building Peace
Nasir Saeed

Pakistan is becoming an increasingly extremist and intolerant society, and while Pakistani laws do not forbid anyone from marrying a non-Muslim, the culture does not tolerate it. We can start a culture of peace and tolerance and I believe we need it more than ever before....

Too many tough political actions and too little communication and understanding have resulted in mutual suspicions while suspicions lead to the loss of objective thinking and rationality. Therefore, I personally think that cross-civilisation dialogues are necessary to build mutual trust. It is the responsibility of the government, as well as all those who are involved....

 
After Zimmerman Verdict, Can Nation Heal Racial Rift?
Yamiche Alcindor and Larry Copeland

George Zimmerman is a relieved man in hiding. Those convinced of his guilt in the death of Trayvon Martin continue to protest his acquittal and other perceived injustices. Now that the trial is over, some people are counselling that it's time to heal and move on. But protests were being held across the country Sunday by people who say they can't move on while they feel that the case and the bigger issues of race and justice that it represents are unresolved....

 

 

With His Inappropriate Analogy, Modi Has Opened Up the Wounds of Gujarat Afresh
Brinda Karat

In the moral hierarchies born and bred in Nazi minds, there was no conflict between care for animals and genocide of Jews, since, in the Nazi reading, Jews were subhuman beings lower than most animal species, comparable to vermin. Similarly, the Gujarat chief minister, brought up in schools of thought that preach hatred towards the minorities in theory and in practice, can find it easy to express sadness for a puppy run over accidentally, but cannot bring himself to directly express sympathy for the thousands of Muslims, including women and children, who were butchered under his watch in 2002....

The president-elect, himself a former nuclear chief negotiator, knows well that the economy can't be put back on track unless international sanctions are softened; he, therefore, advocates dialogue with the west. The question is: what sort of concessions will his government be able to make? While Rouhani has ruled out putting an end to his country's nuclear programme.....

 

Religious Fundamentalism Could Soon Be Treated As Mental Illness
JohnThomas Didymus

..."brainwashing" which embraces all the subtle and not-so-subtle ways "we make people think things that might not be good for them, that they might not otherwise have chosen to think," is a much more pervasive social phenomenon than we are willing to recognize. As social animals we are all victims of culturally induced brainwashing whose effectiveness correlates with our inability to think outside the box of our given acculturation....

Talking to the Talibans
Rudra Chaudhuri

Talking to the Talibans
Rudra Chaudhuri

India is not our enemy, but a complication," argued a former deputy minister in the erstwhile Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban-led government that forced its way into power in 1996 was known….

 

Like Jessica Lall, Like Delhi’s Braveheart, Ishrat Jahan Too Is A Tipping Point In That Repulsive Reality Known As The ‘Fake Encounter’
Sagarika Ghose

Whatever the proof, or the lack of it, on Ishrat Jahan’s terrorist links, the case has the potential to expose the ugly side of policing in a state that prides itself on governance. When a woman is assaulted or killed, inevitably her morality is in doubt. The Park Street rape victim was ‘asking for it’ because she was fixing a deal with her ‘clients’....

 

After a ritual prayer atoning for past sins, Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk with a rock-star following in Myanmar, sat before an overflowing crowd of thousands of devotees and launched into a rant against what he called “the enemy” — the country’s Muslim minority. “You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” Ashin Wirathu said, referring to Muslims. “I call them troublemakers, because they are troublemakers,” Ashin Wirathu told a reporter after his two-hour sermon. “I am proud to be called a radical Buddhist.”....

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