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Its role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 alongside the RSS and its affiliates was brought out by the Liberhan Commission, indicting its topmost leaders. The Gujarat violence of 2002 occurred when the BJP was in power both in the state and at the Centre. The BJP’s involvement in the riots cannot be disputed after the conviction of its MLA Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya massacre in August 2012....

 
Pakistan TV Narratives
Farooq Sulehria

Pakistan TV Narratives
Farooq Sulehria

Second, liberalised TV has not helped Pakistan globalise either culturally or economically. Instead of assimilating in the global committee of nations, Pakistan has become a pariah state. Of course, one cannot blame TV for this situation – but it has only helped localise Pakistani discourses....

 

I Stand With Hanif: Jinnah Is Not a ‘Hero’
Faraz Talat

Indeed, if you have nothing nice to say about Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Minar-e-Pakistan, Waar and Meethi Lassi, you must be prepared to relinquish your Pakistani identity and take a one-way trip across Wagah border into Amritsar…..

 
What Drives Success?
Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeldjan

What Drives Success?
Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeldjan

Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America...

Know My Name
Fouzia Nasir Ahmad

“We don’t have the same opportunities in Quetta. In Karachi, life is more normal for us and people are a little bit sympathetic. Here, we are not identified as Hazaras. People think we could be Chinese or Baltis”....

 

Media Has Been Unrelenting After Muzaffarnagar Riots; It Was Inert Before
Vivian Fernades

'The media is the voice of the voiceless. It did a splendid job on the Muzaffarnagar riots,' but if it had seen a pattern in the over one hundred communal incidents that have occurred in Uttar Pradesh since the Akhilesh Yadav government took office and was as vigilant then as after the riots, localized clashes would not have flared up and resulted in 48 deaths and displacement of about 50,000 persons, almost all of them Muslim….

 

The country’s leadership’s dependence on the world powers for an unprecedented pivotal role has buried Pakistan under such debris. Now, after due advances in drone technology, the US won’t require bases or permission. It has become a vicious circle now and it will not be easy to break out of it. Withdrawal of US/NATO forces from Afghanistan, the US’s and Karzai government’s inability to bring the Taliban to the dialogue table, discussions of the proxy war situation in Afghanistan and continuation of the drone policy have left Pakistan terribly Talibanised....

 

Pakistan's Chief of Injustice: Iftikhar Chaudhry Defended Judicial Independence, So Why Is It Such a Relief to See Chaudhry Go
Ali Dayan Hasan

Upon returning to office, he presided over the firing of judges without giving them the same due process he had demanded of Musharraf. He refused to accept parliamentary oversight of judicial appointments, threatening to overturn a unanimously passed constitutional amendment to that effect unless it was revised. Parliament complied to avoid a confrontation….

 

The Saffron Muslim
Danish Raza

"We have tried every so-called secular party. Why not try the BJP? We should stop treating the BJP as an untouchable party." Towards this end, the MRM is conceptualising a two-month programme to be implemented on a war footing. Plans include conducting public meetings in more than 100 districts, holding three rallies covering around 20 states, and creating a network of sympathetic clerics at Dargahs and seminaries….

 

Why Iran's Presence in Geneva II Is Critical For Any Progress
Rami G. Khouri

Would Iran eventually sacrifice Assad gracefully for the bigger prize of the US and Saudi Arabia accepting it as an equal strategic player and even a partner in the Gulf region, especially in the wake of a successful Iranian nuclear power/sanctions lifting process? We will have to wait for answers…

 

Indian Muslims Do Not Need Special Treatment
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Raising concerns over the presence of a large number of Muslims in jails and urging police and investigative agencies against targeting the community, he had noted: “Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived of their basic rights.”…

 

Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful resistance, Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight against discrimination, Nelson Mandela’s struggle for freedom and Malala Yusufzai's vigorous passion for education were the focus of Ms. Diane Millar's talk as she interacted with students of Education for Peace, an initiative of New Age Islam Foundation and discussed with them the leadership qualities of these prominent world leaders of peace, freedom and education.  

The programme was basically aimed at improving English communication skills of the Education for Peace students at its premises on 16 January 2014. Education for Peace regularly organises such interactions for its students who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

 

Justice, We Were Taught, Is Blind:  How True
Najam Sethi

In short, the fate of ex-presidents, prime ministers, bureaucrats, politicians and even cricketers is in the hands of the courts. Unfortunately, not all court proceedings and judgments inspire confidence…..

 
Tomorrow’s Jinnah
Nadeem F. Paracha

Tomorrow’s Jinnah
Nadeem F. Paracha

The pragmatic Jinnah would try to find unity in diversity, and draw from each ethnic culture, as well as Muslim sect and sub-sect and minority religious groups in the country, the best they have to offer to Pakistan in developing its economy, its arts, its sports and its identity. Jinnah has to be stopped being studied and projected as an ideologue. He wasn’t one…..

 

Karachi Is the Lover, the Tormentor: Mysterious, Dark and Hurt
Hamna Haqqi

She didn’t look too old, but the blood stains on her once new clothes, the lacklustre in what once must’ve been beautiful, hazel brown eyes and the sporadic responses to my questions betrayed a long, tiring journey that had brought her here. Whilst I could still not understand her….

 

Missing the Aurat in AAP
Kancha Ilaiah

It is nice to see men who would normally not like to be seen wielding Jhadoos at home brandishing brooms in public like trophies. The Aam Aurats of India must be feeling good that, at least, some middle class Aadmis have snatched their Jhadoos, if not to sweep their homes then at least to sweep away old, fogy parties and politicians….

 

The non-Malays have every right to address their God as ‘Allah’ and it is not something they decided to do overnight. Why then is the BN government, the bigot politicians, Ulema and Muftis all refusing to listen to the truth that ‘Allah’ is not privy to them? Why does the truth that the non-Malays too utter ‘Allah’ scare the Muslims? Why, just why, does the truth not set these real troublemakers free?.....

 

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Hindu-Muslim Violence Organised To Rake in Electoral Benefits
Chandan Nandy

The institutionalised systems were most noticeable in Gujarat in 2002, explaining the deliberate staging, provocation, dramatisation and intensification of planned and targeted killing of Muslims across most parts of the state, and not just in and around Ahmedabad. The existence of ISRP in Gujarat was demonstrated by the deliberate action of riot entrepreneurs or local elites - across the many outfits of the Sangh Parivar - by conveying political messages couched in religious overtones and recruiting agent provocateurs who followed specific instructions…..

 

The ‘Flowers’ Of the Arab Spring Are So Distracting That Ariel Sharon’s Death Has Barely Raised a Whimper
Robert Fisk

Has ever the Arab awakening – the Arab “Spring” if we were to believe the nonsense spouted at the time – looked more desperate, more bloody, and more hopeless, more despairing than it does today? I am not referring to the anguish so distracting the Arab world that it scarcely raised a whimper this weekend when the man most of them regarded as a war criminal – Ariel Sharon – was mourned by the West and its frightened journos as “iconic”, “legendary”, “audacious”, a “bulldozer” and “a proudly Zionist general”....

 

“Muslims won’t return,” asserts Bittoo, a former Pradhan of Lisarh. The village was no exception to the overall pattern of attacks: secret planning, and then a very public dam burst of mob fury. “The Muslims know if they come back, they will be killed,” adds Bittoo….

 

Marriage was not created by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or followers of any other contemporary faith. The earliest accounts of unions between one man and one woman date back to over 2000 years before the birth of Christ. Although the institution of marriage is honoured in most modern faiths, none can claim it exclusively. Whilst it is true that the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam – the three faiths which, collectively, encompass the vast majority of human society – all recognize marriage as being a union between men and women, each of these faiths also accepted arranged marriages and polygamy….

In India, a Spectre for Us All, and a Resistance Coming
John Pilger

For Britain, India is now a “priority market” – to quote the government’s arms sales unit. In 2010, David Cameron took the heads of the major British arms companies to Delhi and signed a $700 million contract to supply Hawk fighter-bombers. Disguised as “trainers”, these lethal aircraft were used against the villages of East Timor. They may well be the Cameron government’s biggest single “contribution” to Shining India….

 

Remembering Salmaan Taseer
Kahar Zalmay

In his last tweet, Shaheed Taseer wrote, “I was under huge pressure sure to cow down before rightist pressure on blasphemy. Refused. Even if I’m the last man standing.” Three years on, Aasia Bibi is still languishing in jail. His family has suffered unspeakable loss, still waiting for his son, Shahbaz Taseer, to come home from Taliban captivity. He indeed was the last man standing. The rest have cowed down to the pressure of religious fanatics....

 

Nothing Inevitable About These Events
Subhashini Ali

If the political ends of those responsible for the terrible violence and resultant polarisation are realised, not only will a terrible miscarriage of justice occur but the stage will also be set for many more such tragedies. In any case, the impending 2014 election has already exacted a bloody toll...

 

No Respect for Human Life

Even as the state cynically carried out forcible evictions, three-year-old Uvez died in the Manna Majra camp on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013. The affidavit filed before the Supreme Court in mid-December contains the names of 23 children and adults who had died in the camps because of ailments related essentially to the inhuman conditions in sub-human temperatures. Two twin baby girls died within hours of being born as far back as September 10, 2013, at the Jaula camp.....

 


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