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As widely covered in the media and as shown in the video and photographs and as learned from the victims, the violent crowd threw stones at the women, threatened them with being stripped and raped, molested them, hit them including with shoes, beat and slapped them, pushed them, and called for their murder. The pre-planning of this attack was evident as members of the mob were organised, carried printed placards with threatening language against PETA as evidenced in the enclosed photographs which of course cannot be spontaneously developed, and awaited the women’s arrival along with members of the media.

The women were attacked before their awareness program could even begin and were rescued by the police who warned them that their staying in or ever returning to Bhopal could lead to their being murdered. We commend the police for rescuing the women but are obviously horrified that no action has been taken against the offenders, but instead against the victims, under the pressure from the criminal mob……

MQM’s Outbursts Signify an Unprecedented Existential Crisis
Najam Sethi

The unprecedented fear and insecurity in the rank and file of the MQM is driven by one singular fact revolving around the murder of Dr Imran Farooq in London a couple of years ago, following investigations by the British authorities to investigate Altaf Bhai’s political connections and links with his activist-supporters in Karachi, South Africa and elsewhere. These murder-related investigations have then branched off into detailed inquiries about the source and extent of Altaf Bhai’s incomes and properties in the UK…..

How Are The Hindus Facing Hindutva?
Jawed Naqvi

In other words, Siddharth had to vacate his job directly or indirectly owing to the worldview he had nurtured for himself as an Indian, or, for present purposes, as an Indian Hindu. I use the word Hindu in the sense you would use Muslim to describe I.A. Rehman, Asma Jehangir, Salima Hashmi or Pervez Hoodbhoy who are all facing the extremist heat in Pakistan. It is of course an unfortunate fact of our times that I must see, purely for the purpose of this analysis, widely admired academic icons like Harbans Mukhia, Badri Raina, Prabhat Patnaik, to name just a few among hundreds, as liberal Hindus. There was a time not too long in the past when these thorough professionals would be seen as leftist or Marxist or simply secular or liberal intellectuals. I watched with horror when a pro-Modi mob in New York tore into Rajdeep Sardesai….

India Must Use Air Force and Navy to Fight ISIS
Madhav Nalapat

Now that ISIS and its parent organisation, Al Qaeda, have openly declared war on India, it is time for this country to join in the international coalition against ISIS, by using the Navy and the Air Force to "degrade and destroy" ISIS. All too many "experts" chatter on about what they declaim is the threat from China or Pakistan to declare a conventional war on India. Rather than justify the expenditure of tens of billions of extra dollars on buying equipment that is unlikely to get used in a war against either country, what is needed is to use the assets available against the enemy that is already out in the field, and which is clearly succeeding in seducing impressionable and fanatic minds in India into joining their noxious cause…..

 

Give Pakistan Back: The Situation Is Simply Unsustainable, Things Must Change
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

I am an avid proponent of democracy. I opposed theocracy, martial law and any form of despotic rule. I want constitutional, political, judicial and electoral reforms that would deliver a true participatory democracy. My struggle for this democratic revolution is supported neither by any foreign power, nor by the Pakistani military.......

 

Question USA's Pak Policy: A nation that cannot make train engines produces cruise missiles and nuclear bombs: Time the US is told Pakistani’s jihadist military is bankrolled by American money
Tufail Ahmad

A nation that cannot make train engines produces cruise missiles and nuclear bombs. It is time the US is told: Pakistani’s jihadist military is bankrolled by American money. The Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan was orchestrated to have the blocked US funds cleared to Pakistan army. The sale of MRAPs appears small but it reveals the US diplomatic mindset that consistently undermines India, a point Indian diplomats are yet to comprehend. If the US expects India to be a natural ally, New Delhi must realise that blunt-talking and brinkmanship are established tenets of international diplomacy. In any India-US dialogue, America’s Pakistan policy must be on the agenda……

Imperfect Afghanistan
Gwynne Dyer

Afghanistan is still a tribal society, so this carve-up of power on an ethnic basis may be a better option for the country than winner-takes-all politics. And if the United States and its allies do not abruptly cut off the foreign aid that keeps the whole show on the road, post-occupation Afghanistan may at least avoid a rerun of the disastrous civil war….

 

Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative?
Paul Craig Roberts

Obama's September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington's double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law.......

 

How Turkey Plans to ‘Combat Anti-Semitism’
Burak Bekdil

More or less on the same day as "the President and President Erdogan discussed the importance of building tolerant and inclusive societies and combating the scourge of anti-Semitism," a shop in central Istanbul put up a sign, featuring a photo of an Israeli tank, and saying: "Jew dogs are not permitted entry." Not really creative. The sign was an echo of a 2009 wall poster elsewhere in Turkey that read: "Jews and Armenians are not allowed, but dogs are."....

Moderate Religious Scholar Shot Dead After Being Charged With Blasphemy
Reema Abbasi

Once again, it's apparent that Pakistan's bloodstained Black Laws point to a cowering administration's tacit support for hardliners and their ruthless demands…..

Imran and Bilawal Talk To the Nation
Mehr F Husain

Imran Khan goes to Sindh, Bilawal Bhutto goes to Punjab. This cross provincial politicking of leaders, visiting the locals and persuading them with their oratory, is what the people expect of their leaders. Both display a kind of unifying attitude, focusing on secular issues that can actually resolve the identity crisis that the country has been grappling with for decades now. Politics is about publicity and the skill of persuasion……

 

President of the Board for Protection of Madrasas in Gujarat Mufti Ahmed Devalvi, said that Garba, a kind of collective dance involving men and women, was a religious function of the Hindus and there was no need for Muslims to go there as performing dance or watching it was not permitted in Islam……

A Letter to Maulana Tariq Jameel on Floods
Farooq Sulehria

I am slightly curious to know the sources that finance your gigantic Tableeghi project. Before you criticise the corrupt rulers, it would indeed be reasonable that you be financially-transparent yourself. Most importantly, us ‘sinners’ might take you more seriously when we know that your Tableeghi mission has not accepted any dirty money from any ‘sinner’. I am sure that doing a little heart-searching will make you think a couple of Tauba Istaghfars yourself before you insult poor, working class victims of a natural disaster next time…..

But it was Nehru’s egalitarian figure that towered over the Indian political scene so that people and princely kingdoms of all faiths and sensibilities felt they could bond together to create the India/Bharat we now see and believe in, and which the BJP proudly touts.  Were it not for that towering statesmanship and personality – how would Patel have done his job? It is like saying that Amit Shah could have won his victory in UP during the 2014 Parliamentary Elections without the face of Modi? BJP fans themselves would balk at the thought and call it sacrilegious……

 

The Real ‘Love Jihad’
Kancha Ilaiah

We cannot achieve “Sabka Vikas” without giving equal rights to women of all castes and religions and transforming cultural codes. In some castes women’s oppression is in still in the primitive mode. In North India the condition of Jat and Yadav women is telling of their status in the family and society. North India is still an unreformed den and the Sangh Parivarwalas want to push North Indian women into worse conditions. They have no agenda for social reform. The more they want the Indian women to be oppressed “Hindu Naris” without rights, the more they will become “Muslim Begums” with rights…..

Rule of Charisma: Its Worst Trait Is the Way It Shapes the Party That Follows It
Khaled Ahmed
The schools that Boko Haram destroys in Nigeria were first smashed in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda loved and spread this globally: now al-Shabaab in Somalia is the best exemplar of this “revolution”. Those of us who embraced “revolution” as utopia — I used to watch old Indian movies propagating “Kranti” for social change — are cowering before religion-driven “Inquilab”. It is not difficult to see how Pakistan has identified with its killer under a kind of Stockholm syndrome. We have become violent. The best lab demonstration is in Karachi, where the Taliban slaughters people from its “no-go” areas at the rate of 10 per day…..

The lesson of democracy can be learned from the way politicians responded to the outcome of the referendum. Although believing wholeheartedly that the Scots would choose independence, Salmond was humble enough to say that democracy was to be admired, which means the people’s voices have to be accepted……

 

The peaceful appeal, which was led by a Muslim PETA India staffer wearing a lettuce-leaf Hijab, was in support of nonviolent ways to give alms to the poor, such as gifts of grains, fruits, clothing, and money, instead of paying to slaughter goats during the Bakra Eid religious commemoration of Abraham’s offering of his son to God.....

 

Is India Taking The ‘Right’ Direction?
Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam

School text books have been altered to create a new system of discourse which shows that Hindus were always united, Muslims created the caste system and divided the Hindus so that they can “rule” and it is their ideology which the British acquired. Only the “Ancient” history of India is truly the “Indian” History, while the “Medieval” history of India is, what the RSS says, “Muslim” history of India and the pre-Independence age is the “Christian” history of India.....

Success and Failure of Imran Khan
Najam Sethi

A recent Gallup Poll has revealed some interesting facts. A majority of respondents support Javed Hashmi’s decision to quit the PTI and agreed that some “third force” was behind Imran Khan’s “Dharna”….

 

Love Jihad Propaganda Spurs Hate, Not Dialogue
Ram Puniyani

The ‘Love Jihad’ propaganda is a double-edged weapon: By stating that Muslim youth are being trained to lure Hindu girls, on one hand they demonize Muslims and on the other they tighten their control of the lives of girls and women. In this propaganda, Hindu women are projected as gullible, easy to be lured and incapable of deciding for themselves. In a way the communal agenda’s twin goals are achieved here. Communal politics wants to marginalize the religious minorities at the surface level and at the deeper societal level it aims to restrict the rights and freedom of women. ....

Is India’s Bold Prime Minister Bold Enough?
Fareed Zakaria

Already, Modi’s honeymoon is coming to an end at home. In a series of by-elections, his party has done surprisingly poorly. It would be a strange irony if the problem with Narendra Modi turns out to be not that he is too bold but rather that he is not bold enough…..

 

Pakistan: Assets and Liabilities Again
Najam Sethi

Amidst the continuing din of the Dharnas in clinical Islamabad, an important announcement in the badlands of Waziristan has largely escaped strategic scrutiny. This is a statement by the so-called leader of the Punjabi Taliban, Azmatullah Muaviya, renouncing armed struggle against the Pakistani state and determining to focus instead on the fight against the government in Kabul in alliance with the Haqqani Network under the leadership of Mulla Omar……

 

Love Jihad? What Rubbish!
Mitali Saran

There's something ill about a society that is perfectly comfortable with violence and control but frowns on consensual relationships. And there's something particularly grotesque about a party that will cold-bloodedly use relationships as a political weapon. Just to be clear, "love jihad" -- a concept that claims that Muslim men court Hindu women to convert them to Islam purely to take over India -- doesn't exist.  It simply isn't a thing. It's a conspiracy theory. ….

 

Even the conversions as a result of love marriages are mostly voluntary if not by heart, the reason being that most of Muslim boys do not like to flout its religious position, which disallows marriages with polytheists. Fallen in love, girls prefer to marry even if it means abandoning their religion. This is among many compromises that the couples make in order to marry one another. What is however is not being debated at all in the mainstream media is that if any forced conversion is taking place in India, it is the conversion of Muslims to Hinduism…..

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