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Mother, Do You Think They’ll Drop the Bomb?
Nadeem F. Paracha

This anger was entirely understandable because a concerted campaign against the alleged culprits had been passionately initiated in the electronic media and on social websites. So when the mother of the unfortunate young victim was reported to have pardoned the culprits, the news arrived as a rude shock to a lot of Pakistanis…..


The MIM’s two prominent faces are Asaduddin and his younger brother Akbaruddin, 43. The brothers are a study in contrast. While Asaduddin is the suave, English-speaking diplomatic leader, Akbaruddin is the populist, who revels in swaying the crowds with his speeches in Dakhini Urdu. While Asaduddin is always spotted in a Sherwani, Akbaruddin can be found wearing a T-shirt and jeans, vacationing in London and Chicago…..

Love and Riots
Jawed Naqvi

Love and Riots
Jawed Naqvi

If she defied them, she would be thrown out of her village and the community would disown her. She would be an outcaste, and don’t miss the irony. A Dalit girl battered by a man of her community to be declared an outcaste if she was to marry a Muslim. Two facts are evident here. Large swathes of Muslims are getting to be the new untouchables in India, deemed lower in the social hierarchy than the Dalits. Their social isolation in Gujarat, for example, appears more or less complete….

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Meltdown of the MAJGAR Alliance
Ajaz Ashraf

It was former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh who stitched together this alliance, representing the interests of the middle peasantry which had economically benefited from the Green Revolution. It challenged the Congress’s hegemony in U.P. Though of five different social groups, the Jats and Muslims were the cornerstones on which the edifice of MAJGAR was erected....

Message from Muzaffarnagar
Samar Halarnkar

For the first time since December 1992, when rioting overwhelmed civilian authority in the aftermath of the Babri mosque's destruction, the army has been called in to restore order in UP. Rioting, usually limited to towns, has spread to villages, as officials herd minorities (Muslims in Hindu upper-caste Jat areas and vice-versa) into protective custody. And rioters did something they almost never do — fire on military columns…

Remembering 9/11 by Building Stronger Diverse Communities
Lobna Ismail and Alex Kronemer

Washington, DC – The power of the American story — E Pluribus Unum. The idea that out of many nations, sects and ethnicities, a community, united and strengthened by its very diversity, can still emerge as one. And as we approach a grim milestone, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it’s worthwhile to reflect on what Muslim Americans can do to continue to forward this idea that sees us through. …

Muzaffarnagar Riots and Viral Video: Why Social Media Isn’t the Villain
Praveen Swami

Human stupidity is the most global of things. In the United States, there’s a vibrant 9/11 conspiracy theory culture that holds the government rigged the Twin Towers with explosives to bring them down—providing an excuse for war. Popular Mechanics, among others, examined—and comprehensively debunked—the claims, but it hasn’t stopped them from continuing to flourish…..


Warlords Holding Karachi to Ransom

Once a source of pride for Pakistanis as a large, thriving cosmopolitan city, Karachi has rapidly slipped to the point where parts of the city of 20 million are clearly designated as ‘no go’ areas. It is deep inside these troubled neighbourhoods that turf wars have raged with gangsters seeking to settle scores while aggressively widening their influence, undeterred by the possibility of even a mild attendance to rule of law….


Anything’s Possible…Even In Karachi
Nadeem F. Paracha

It is believed that a nation’s state of mind can be judged by the nature of traffic on its roads. And the traffic on Karachi’s roads is perhaps the craziest to be found in the country. There is scant respect for traffic laws as perfectly normal men and women continue to push the limits in their cars, motorbikes, buses, trucks and rickshaws as if they were in some kind of a dystopian death race….


Asking the PPP government in Sindh to just get on and do its job Will be Asking for the Moon
Irfan Husain

Corruption is as deeply ingrained in its ethos as spots are imprinted on a leopard’s skin. And to make matters worse, Sindh, for some reason, seems more prone to institutionalised venality than the other provinces….


YouTube Ban in Pakistan: Promoting Illiteracy in the 21st Century
Dr Haider Shah

But it is tragic that while we see all hate preachers doing brisk business over the internet, sites of science and humanism have been axed. For example, the famous site of the Oxford University’s science populist professor Richard Dawkins has been blocked for promoting scientific thinking and debunking irrational myths. Similarly a popular Facebook site ‘Roshni’ has been banned for Pakistani users as the site sensitises internet users over human rights abuses....


Why India Need a Federal Law against ‘Miraculous Claims’ Of God Men
Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Today, the media is against Asharam but he can very much come back with greater advertisement and sponsored programmes on their channels. Already the Hindutva organisations are targeting the government for trying to defame the ‘Hindu culture’. The power of money actually bring Nirmal Baba to our homes early morning despite so much of hue and cry about his ‘methods’ and ‘claims’....

The Political Overlords of a Violent Underclass
Rajrishi Singhal

As India staggers from a semi-feudal society to one that’s embracing a strange (and hybrid) version of capitalism, violence in its myriad forms has emerged as the dominant template….


It may come as a shock to many Americans, all the more so given the utterly venal and lying role of the US media, but US intelligence services are well versed in the most unscrupulous and bloody methods, not excluding those that result in injury or death to Americans. No serious consideration of the August 7 East African bombings can rule out the possibility of a provocation, organized either directly or indirectly by US agencies….


Indian Mujahideen Doesn’t End With Yasin Bhatkal’s Arrest
Praveen Swami

This is a breakthrough for India’s beleaguered counter-terrorism effort—but also a grim reminder that the jihadist threat is metamorphosing. From the interrogations of men like 26/11 perpetrator David Headley, it’s long been known India’s jihadists are reaching out for support to the wider global movement….

Sudden Awakenings
Nadeem F. Paracha

Sudden Awakenings
Nadeem F. Paracha

But as far as the overbearing spectre and experience of extremist and sectarian violence is concerned it now seems that both these parties were chasing illusions created by empty theories and concoctions built upon a stunningly half-baked and superficial understanding of the issue of religious extremism and terrorism in Pakistan…..


Muslims and White-Collar Jobs in India
Aakar Patel

Among various religious groups of India, Muslims have the lowest living standard with an average per person, per day expenditure of Rs32.66, The Times of India has reported, quoting a government survey. For Hindus, the figure is Rs37.50, for Christians Rs51.43 and for Sikhs Rs55.30. According to the study by the National Sample Survey Organisation, the average monthly expenditure for Hindus and Christians were Rs1, 125 and Rs1, 543….


Who is Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal?
Praveen Swami

It’s hard to say precisely why Siddibapa took the course he did: human motivation is far too complex to allow for any one-dimensional explanation.  Siddibapa’s family — who might have some insight — deny he is a terrorist.  In 2010, they also said Siddibapa had left home after a fight, and his whereabouts were unknown. It’s interesting to note, though, that his brother Abdul Samad went down a very different route.....

The development came a day after MQM Chief Altaf Hussain demanded that Karachi should be handed over to the Pakistan Army. Chaudhry Nisar, however, opposed a military operation in the city. “There is no need for a full-scale military operation in Karachi as scores of target killers, extortionists and criminals have already been identified,” he said, adding that the paramilitary Rangers were ready to launch the operation……


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India Lost in Afghan Endgame
Kanwal Sibal

Afghanistan has been a conflict zone for over three decades now. To our misfortune it became a Cold War battleground between the Soviet Union and the US, with the result that both an extremist version of Islam and Pakistan became powerful actors in shaping developments there under the US lead. Until then, Pakistan was not a dominant factor in Afghanistan internally and externally….

Next Stop Delhi
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Next Stop Delhi
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Emotional scenes were expected but I was surprised nobody sounded bitter or hostile though sadness and nostalgia gripped the audience visibly….


The demolition of a 200-year-old madrasa in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur district last week has been ignored by the Akhilesh Yadav government, which earlier took a proactive role in suspending Noida sub district magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal for razing an illegally-built mosque wall…..


“… documents reveal significant threats to Ms Bhutto, particularly around three time periods – from just before her return to Pakistan in October, from early to mid-November, and from mid-to late December. For instance, on 20 December, the Military Operations Directorate informed Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah that Osama bin Laden had ordered the assassination of General Pervez Musharraf, Ms Bhutto and Maulana Fazal ur Rahman…..

The disturbing murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, rationalist campaigner, political activist, and social reformer, is a cause for concern at many levels. It is yet another example of the extent of intolerance that our society appears to revel in. It is emblematic of the deep-seated fear of knowledge and its democratisation….


Talking to The Sunday Guardian, Sham Singh claimed, "We do not have any complaints against Hafiz Saeed or Muslims. Sikhs faced the destruction of the Akal Takht and the Golden Temple in India, just as Muslims saw the demolition of the Babri mosque at the hands of Hindu zealots." Singh added that this was the first time that he joined hands with Hafiz Saeed….


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