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Disagreeing To Disagree: Opinions Are Becoming Absolute and Space for Dialogue Is Shrinking Drastically
Pavan K Varma

The Vedas begin with a sense of eclectic wonder at the miracle of creation. The Upanishads explore the ultimate essence of existence not by reiteration of dogma but by intellectual enquiry. Our sages, thousands of years ago, were prepared to accept that truth can have many facets, Ekam Satya, Bipraha Bahuda Vedanti: The truth is one; the wise call it by different names. Shankaracharya, who revived Hinduism in the 8th century CE, propounded his theory of Advaitavad, not by fiat, but through dialogue, discussion and informed argumentation, Shastrarth…

The festival started on Wednesday and the main congregation and prayer were held on Friday. Inside the Krishna temple, which is the main temple for the few Hindu inhabitants of the twin cities, was a riot of colour. Shiny streamers in pink, red and blue hung from the walls, and garlands of red roses and orange and yellow marigold decorated the altar. While oil lamps and candles set entire rooms agleam…..

 

The normally bustling streets near Canada’s Parliament were transformed on Wednesday as thousands of government workers were kept inside their buildings for hours while police and military officers in combat gear swept the area, fearful that shootings that morning had been part of a larger plot. Anxious workers pressed their faces against the windows of nearby offices, trying to figure out what had happened in a city so peaceful that pedestrians can usually walk unimpeded into the Parliament building before being checked by guards. “I never thought this would happen,” said one woman, who refused to give her name as she hurried along a main street after the police allowed people in her building to evacuate the area in the afternoon. “This is Canada.”....

Another Report:

Gunman Panics Canadian Capital, Killing Soldier in Rampage

 

The Myth of Hindu Monogamy
Audrey D’Mello

Section 5 of the Hindu Marriage Act stipulates that neither of the party should have a spouse living at the time of marriage. Section 11 of the Act, renders polygamous marriages void. Due to this, Hindu men who contract bigamous marriages are allowed to go scot-free without any legal obligations towards their partners. Faced with this travesty of justice, it is important to compare the legal provisions under the Muslim Personal Law….

 

Ottawa shooting wounds Canadian soldier at War Memorial

A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

 “Gunman at Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.

Police have expanded their perimeter and say they are actively investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.” Police are also asking citizens to not tweet the locations of the officers involved.

Less LoC, More FTA
Khaled Ahmed

Less LoC, More FTA
Khaled Ahmed

Nawaz Sharif won the 2013 election riding a national consensus in favour of free trade with India. In 2012, “a nationally representative poll among a cross-section of more than 2,600 men and women showed that 67 per cent Pakistanis thought the country should trade with India”. This was found by Gallup Pakistan, which also estimated that “only 29 per cent of people were opposed to the idea of trade with India”......

 

Love Jihad: A Hindu-Muslim Couple Walks Into A Bar…
Altaf Tyrewala

It’s possible that there isn’t much to laugh about in these early days. The war-cry against “love jihad”, the banning of Muslims from Garba celebrations, the under-reported communal riots that continue to break out in pockets of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the sabre-rattling against Pakistan and the inevitable questioning of the loyalty of India’s Muslims that follows… None of this is remotely funny, at least not to India’s minorities, inter-communal couples, sickularists, libtards and the 69 per cent of voters who did not elect the BJP……

‘Secular’ Faces Exposed Again: Muslims Need To Develop Own Leadership
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani

In this situation only those whose minds have become totally slavish will be misleading the community in the name of ‘fascism’ and ‘secularism’. ‘Fascism’, no doubt, is a glaring truth, ‘but ‘secularism’ has proved a total ‘lie, fraud and myth’. To come out of its trap and to develop our own leadership within the democratic framework of the country must be our first priority without caring who wins and who loses. Now enough is enough…..

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
Praveen Swami

Modi has many coercive options: threatening full-blown war, as PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee did; engaging in limited skirmishes targeting the Pakistan army on the LoC, to punish it militarily; air-strikes against jihadi camps; even assassinating top jihadi leaders inside Pakistan, as Afghanistan and the US now do.  Each of these problems, though, comes with very substantial risks.….

 

Decoding Modi’s Broom-Neeti
Kancha Ilaiah

India does not have a culture of cleanliness because it suffered from the notion of indignity of labour for millennia. Those who worked and produced goods and commodities, those who cleaned and created an environment of healthy living were treated as unclean and untouchables. Those who did not produce, those who did not clean their living environment were treated as clean and sacred people. The clean and unclean categories were constructed in the spiritual realm and later legitimised as sociological categories…..

 

Love Jihad: A Used-Up Slogan, a Persisting Rumour
Zafaryab Jilani

So my first objection to the term “love jihad” is that it has nothing to do with any religious movement. This term has been coined, perhaps, only to malign Muslims and create an emotional atmosphere against Muslims in pursuit of political results; the term re-emerged into prominence recently, when by-elections were to be held. The circumstances were such that the RSS had perhaps realised that the “Modi wave” is in decline and that people will now not be attracted to the BJP and its slogans of removal of poverty, unemployment and corruption, because in three months, no such thing had happened.....

Love Jihad: A Real Threat, a Phobic Fantasy
Madhu Purnima Kishwar

“Love jihad” has come to be one of the latest additions to a meaninglessly polarised debate on a sensitive issue. On the one hand, “love jihad” has been portrayed by Hindutva groups as a sinister and well-planned conspiracy to seduce, abduct, blackmail or coerce young Hindu women to convert to Islam under the guise of love affairs with Muslim men. On the other hand, “secular” opponents of Hindutva are projecting it as a case of “freedom of choice” in marriage. They castigate the campaign against “love jihad” as a conspiracy of obscurantist Hindu groups to keep the sexuality of Hindu women under the control of Hindu patriarchs….

 

 

Read the Earlier Articles

Saif Ali Khan: Intermarriage Is Not Jihad, It Is India

Love, Control and Punishment

 

 

Joining Global War against ISIS: Two Scenarios That India Needs To Consider
Rajeev Sharma

It may still take the Modi government some more time to take a final decision on the American requests with regard to the Islamic State conveyed to him at the highest levels in Washington late last month.....

 

Tunisia has not yet seen the end of the ongoing conflict between those who believe that freedom of creative expression should be boundless and those who see such freedom concerning religious imagery as blasphemous. Most Tunisians believe this issue is a struggle that will end only when one of the two parties prevails over the other, framing it as a zero sum game between religion and art. The reality, however, is much more complex….

 

That the Awami Worker Party needs a mass base is an indisputable fact. The idea that disgruntled elements within the PPP should be reached out to is a viable proposal. In a Jiyala, the AWP would find a natural political worker, one who can be trained through a more coherent politics than mere Bhutto-ism. There are those within the AWP who rightfully fear that the party would have no credibility if it embraced the politics of the PPP, which they see as a repulsive manifestation of dynastic politics they oppose…..

 

Sending Pakistan to Mars
Pervez Hoodbhoy

We must stop teaching a kind of science in Pakistani schools which is science only in name but which bypasses its essence — evidence and reasoning. Students experience mathematics as a bunch of cookbook prescriptions, physics and chemistry are mountains of formulae, and experimental science has been almost totally banished.

India values — nay, venerates — its top mathematicians and scientists. There is scarcely an Indian I’ve met who doesn’t know the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the child prodigy from Madras who astonished the world of high mathematics but tragically died at the age of 32. India is dotted with institutes bearing such names as S.N. Bose, C.V. Raman, M. Saha, and Homi Bhabha.…..

 

Saudi Arabia is also set on maintaining its global market share and has an opportunity in the short term to rely on its considerable foreign exchange reserves and low production costs to wait out other global producers. Riyadh's oil output is its most strategic resource, and one that the government is quick to use to its advantage. With summer temperatures beginning to cool and regional consumption starting to taper off, Riyadh can free up larger volumes to export, even at lower prices. The Saudis are also looking to leverage their short-term economic stability over rivals such as Russia, especially as they square off with Iran over the future of the Syrian government......

 

Malala’s Symbolism
Najam Sethi

The Nobel Peace Prize committee jointly awarded the medal to the lesser-known Indian child-rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. The Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, said that it was important “for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in the common struggle for education and against extremism”. The context is relevant……

 

Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer K.T.M. Iqbal will be awarded Cultural Medallion, the country’s highest cultural award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Thursday night in Singapore. It is the highest recognition for the 74-year-old Tamil poet whose achievements include more than 200 children’s songs written for Radio Singapore in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as seven collections of poetry…..

 

Love Jihad: Love, Control and Punishment
Tanika Sarkar

Inter-community relationships are policed and penalised with special ruthlessness by families because they involve great social courage. Like states, communities also perform two vital functions. One is to enforce internal power lines and the other is to police inter-community boundaries. The greater the internal tensions, such as class or caste, the more the focus will be deliberately turned on external enmities, real or imagined. V. Savarkar had said that the enemy figure unites a nation as nothing else can. Hindutva followers cherish his message.....

 

The aim is also to change attitudes toward the deaf in society and enhance their sporting, social, cultural and vocational skills to ultimately enable them to work……

 

Hindu Muslim Incorporated: A New Inter-Community Contract Can Emerge Through an Open Economy
Sagarika Ghose

Electoral politics in many ways prevents the emergence of a liberal Muslim or a liberal Hindu leadership both animated by the desire to challenge extremism and further the cause of modernity. As the Muzaffarnagar riots proved, religious conflict brings big electoral dividends. While Hindu and Muslim politicians privately may speak a surprisingly rational language, when rallying rival constituencies for votes, they invariably fall back on communally charged fire and brimstone religious rhetoric.....

India on Mars: Whither Pakistan?
Farooq Sulehria

First things first. The New York Times’ cartoon ridiculing Indian trip to Mars is an expression of outright racism. Viewpoint condemns it in no uncertain terms. Meantime, many in Pakistan seized the opportunity for some self-retrospection. A Facebook friend quipped, ‘India Mars Par Pohanch Gaya Hay, Hum Fata Nahi Ja Saktay’……

Fearful of "honour killing", she said: "Had I not gone to the police, they would have killed me." She was insistent on her decision to marry Kaleem. "Yes, I will. Religion does not matter. He had no problem with me continuing with Hinduism and visiting temples after marriage. Whose religion is bad? No one's. It is us who have divided people as Hindus and Muslims but actually we all are one."…..

Why Emperor Akbar Haunts Hindutva
Jawed Naqvi

… Akbar the ruler-cum-editor let his second edition of Mahabharata be published. He got it distributed to the elite to make them understand and embrace the great culture they were privileged to savour, says Prof Qasemi. Meanwhile, by not celebrating Dussehra or Diwali I have saved time to start reading the Hindi translation in three volumes of the epic Ramayana. To make it more intractable for the Hindutva simpletons, a Hindu scribe named Sumer Chand wrote it in Persian. To make it even more perverse for Hindtuva, two Muslim scholars at Rampur’s famed Raza Library translated Ramayana into chaste Hindi from its original Persian. Votaries of Hindutva can eat their hearts out......

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