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Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

The cult of Mr. Bhindranwale, though, is undergoing a bizarre revival. YouTube is awash with home-made music videos eulogising Ms. Gandhi’s assassins: one rendition, possibly comprehensible only to semiologists and adolescent males, features bodybuilders with turbans and a promise that Khalistan police officers will be equipped with BMW sports cars. In another Khalistan anthem, images of Ms. Gandhi’s assassins are followed by advertisements seeking Sikh models.....

 

.... investigation against Jamaat was started during the previous tenure of Awami league, the process should be continued as the principle says that the policies initiated by one government should be continued by subsequent governments to ensure a stable governance system in the society. So to continue the journey of rule of law and justice initiated in 2010 through establishing the ICT BD, the trial of Jamaat as a criminal organization should be initiated without any delay to prove the competence of the Tribunal once again....

 

Ministry for Minorities May Be Tokenism Yet Again
Saeed Naqvi

The appointment of a Minister for Minority Affairs has been a huge letdown. During the election campaign, Narendra Modi had stated that he would be the Prime Minister of all 1.25 billion Indians. So demoralised has the Muslim been in recent years that a simple promise of equal rights was music to his ears. What the Congress has done to him in six decades of independence is clear in the Sachar Committee Report of 2006. In it he saw his decomposing visage…..

Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree …
Nadeem F. Paracha

After I bid farewell, I wondered what he meant by that. But then it struck me what this once robust, rebellious and articulate, but now old, ill and sad barber was really implying. Just before his death Rashid had supposedly asked his wife to cremate his body. And that’s what she did. I just shook my head and whispered to myself: ‘Mukhtar Bhai. Still cutting open heads and replacing brains.’....

 

Dear Najma Ji, I Have A Plan to Save Parsis
Farrukh Dhondy

Najma ji, you might by now be wondering why I thought of writing to Narendra ji in the first place. Don’t panic, I am not after the job of minorities’ minister even though I am well qualified in every way. All I would have been asking Narendra Bhai ji for was the ambassadorship to Tahiti, promising to look after India’s interests after I had seen to a few of my own. But after reading your statement I came to my senses, realising that life is not all grass skirts, hula-hula and breadfruit vodka. It is duty to one’s fellow human beings…

 

The Inevitable Consequence of Declaring Pakistan as an Islamic State
Markandey Katju

In Pakistan lawyers and witnesses for the defence in blasphemy cases are almost invariably threatened that if they do not withdraw they will be assassinated. Many judges are scared to hear such cases or to acquit the accused even if there is no credible evidence against him.....

 

Let’s Get down To Business
Mehr F Husain

Idealism aside, if India and Pakistan can make headway on noncontroversial issues like trade, why not start from there? As it is, Pakistan is already grappling with one too many issues apart from ensuring that this government is not toppled. Right now, at this point in time, the Pakistani nation has faced or is facing natural disasters, famine, and struggle against eradicating polio, political assassinations and violence, battles against internal terrorism, ethnic and sectarian violence, a long history of dictatorships stunting political and economic growth, provincial insurgencies, regional isolation, and international condemnation amongst many many others…..

 

Before discussing the need or efficacy of a regional court for South Asian nations, one must look to the great body of work the SAARC has accomplished with its members. Through the creation of the SAARC Development Fund, various projects, including technological and environmental studies, have brought together experts from across the subcontinent. SAARC has passed several major treaties to deal with problems like human trafficking and the suppression of crime and terrorism…..

 

India and Pakistan: Banking On Each Other
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

People in India and Pakistan are optimistic that the handshake between the Indian prime ministers in New Delhi earlier this week, during the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi, would actually bring about all of the symbolic changes that it promises. Modi and Sharif are among them……

 

New Architecture of Dialogue
Najam Sethi

This way of seeing Pak-India relations through the prism of “winning and losing”, or who gains what, is characterised as a Sum-Zero Game in which Pakistan’s loss is India’s gain and vice versa. Zero-sum games are the opposite of win-win situations – such as a trade agreement that significantly increases trade and welfare between two nations. The problem with the Sum-Zero approach in dealing with India is two-fold…..

 
Sunset in America
Khurram Husain

Sunset in America
Khurram Husain

Today, almost everybody here agrees that this is a superpower in decline, that it has neither the stomach nor the financial wherewithal to police the world that it is facing a rising arc of challenges from smaller regional powers that throw their weight around in their neighbourhood with an impunity that is becoming ever more emboldened. China and Russia top the list, but even in a region like Latin America, which the superpower once considered its backyard, it treads as if walking on eggshells……

 
Invisible in the House
Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers

Invisible in the House
Christophe Jaffrelot

It is up to the new government to decide if it will take it up or not, signalling, in the process, if Heptulla’s presence in the cabinet is merely symbolic. But given the new balance of power in the Lok Sabha, it remains to be seen if anyone will lend their voice to a minority that is increasingly absent from public life at the national level......

 

People drift into their own little world and zone-out when they are engaged with their smart-phone — completely ignoring what is going on around them. Absorbed device users are oblivious to danger. In fact, it can even kill you, like it did to this young man……

 

Will The ‘Deep State’ Allow Peace?
Bruce Riedel

Modi has pledged to seek better relations with Islamabad but only if it cracks down seriously on the deep state’s patron-ship of terror.   He has significant potential economic carrots and sticks to use with Sharif who knows Pakistan needs to dramatically improve trade with India if it is to get its own economy moving. ... More than five years after Mumbai justice has yet to be served. The small fish have been brought to account for their role but the big fish are still free and dangerous.  Modi and Sharif are smart to meet but the challenge will be for Pakistan to control its own hardliners.  If not it is all but certain that LeT will stage another attack and force Modi to react forcefully after the outrage.  That could put the entire subcontinent on the brink of catastrophe.....

 

Turning Point in Indian Politics
Tufail Ahmad

Modi told his biographer Andy Marino that “the democratic values that I found” during the anti-Emergency struggle became “a part of my DNA”; he explained: “I became aware; I understood the Constitution, I understood the rights, because before that I was living in a different world. The Emergency became a university for me.”…..

Our Addiction to the Internet Is As Harmful As Any Drug – And What Passes For Comment These Days Is Often Simply Foul Abuse
Robert Fisk

But the dirt, racism, foul abuse, the lies and innuendo and slanders and bullying on the web, in blogs and text messages and chat rooms, has become a sickness. “Trolls”, we call these psychologically disturbed people, and even that is indicative of our craven addiction to technology. So awed are we – so “taken over” by the new science of communication – that we have to liken these poison-pen writers and abusers to creatures of Scandinavian mythology rather than to the fantasists and racial bullies whom they really are……

 

In First Message as PM, Modi Says, 'Let Us Script A Glorious Future For India'
Narendra Modi, PM of India

"Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development,".......

 

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To Gain Muslim Confidence, Discard UPA Tokenism
Saeed Naqvi

Just when the nation was preparing itself for Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony on Monday, all Indian newspapers published a story the Prime Minister must find time to read. It is a story of Mohammad Saleem and five others set free, after 11 years in jail, by the Supreme Court for having been falsely implicated in the Akshardham temple attack case. In fact the police had earlier offered them a choice: would they like to be charged for the Godhra train burning, Haren Pandya's murder or the Akshardham attack? .....

Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Indian Consulate in western Afghanistan's Herat province Friday, an assault that injured no diplomatic staff, police said. Indian officials said there had been a threat against its diplomats in Afghanistan, but gave no other details….

 
Losing Control
Mehr F. Husain

Losing Control
Mehr F. Husain

As the media barons battle it out, the Islamists are only happy to morph it into a sectarian issue targeting Shias. As religious intolerance shows no sign of slowing down, the government sticks to its plan of conducting peace talks with the TTP.....

 
‘With Love, From Thar’
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

‘With Love, From Thar’
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

‘We had a good simple life here in Thar. I don’t know who condemned us to death. Everyone here says it was God’s will. My mother used to say that God is kind. I am confused. I will ask Him when I meet Him. I don’t know when that will be. I just pray that my father remains alive.’…..

 

Modi-Watching in Pakistan
Khaled Ahmed

Cursing Modi in Pakistan is considered morally plausible because of what happened in 2002 to the Muslims of Gujarat. The world rounded on him, and America and some countries in Europe placed him under a visa ban. Hence, when you curse him in Pakistan, no one in the world will call it politically directed hyperbole. But if someone in Pakistan says he is pained by the plight of Muslims in India, he is leaning on double standards…..

 

From India’s Jihadis, a Message for Modi
Praveen Swami

He’d stood before the prayer congregation at the mosque in the village of Bairia one Friday afternoon in the summer of 2006, and called on the worshippers to prepare for war. The man responsible for the communal carnage in Gujarat, the slightly-built teenager warned, was growing in power. India’s Muslims, he went on, must prepare for an onslaught that would lead to their annihilation. Local elders, alarmed by the polemic, brought the speech to a quick end. For a few hours, local police records show, communal tension flared — and ebbed….

Modi's Symbolism and Secularism
S Gurumurthy

Over years, there is a rising opinion in and outside politics that the distorted meaning that secularism has acquired over decades needs to be debated and corrected. The mainline media has so far swept this other and the correct view under the carpet and perpetuated the distortion. Result, the Indian secularism is neither Indian in the sense of equal protection to all faiths nor Western in the sense of equal repugnance to all religions…..

Modi and Muslims
Ashok Malik

Modi and Muslims
Ashok Malik

The question of where Muslims stand after an election in which their vote has clearly not been relevant is an important one. One of six Indians is a Muslim; the community constitutes our largest religious minority. Everything that affects India’s Muslims must affect India and vice-versa; at least that is the ideal…..



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