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The history of Indian Muslims can be traced back to the Malaccan Empire, with Bendahara (prime minister) Tun Ali being an Indian Muslim. Despite its rich history pre- and post-independent Malaya, the Indian Muslim community in Malaysia is currently facing an identity crisis, with the risk of being just a footnote in the nation’s history. “The Tamil Muslims, in particular, are hard pressed to identify themselves with the majority Malays or to maintain their heritage as Tamils…


Omar and the Checkpoint: The Essential Story That Is Rarely Told
Ramzy Baroud

Omar is not a poster child for victimhood. His pain and that of his dad should not merely invoke sights of petty, or philosophical diatribes of how the occupation is killing Israel’s soul, or reignite yet more arguments of what ‘solution’ to the ‘conflict’ we like most…..

Origins of Militancy
Khurram Husain

Origins of Militancy
Khurram Husain

The narrative that emerges goes something like this: injustice in society and a dysfunctional economy creates anger, and that anger finds a voice in terrorism and the voice exerts a pull on disenfranchised youth who take up arms against an unjust order. There is something seductive about this analysis. In a sense it says that there is symmetry between the anger you and I feel at the state of affairs in our country and the anger that animates the Taliban....

That brings us to the question that if AAP is gaining so much popularity among prominent Indian thinkers, in addition to among the masses, where is the recognizable Muslim-Indians in it? And if they are not there, what are they waiting for?....

The Book Banners Win In India, Again
Tarek Fatah

Scores died in 1989 protesting a book they had never read. In Mumbai alone, at least 12 people were killed and 40 wounded when police fired at Muslims rioting against The Satanic Verses. There were deaths in Japan and Italy. The Norwegian publisher of the book was shot and left for dead outside his home in Oslo…..

Mazar-e-Quaid or a ‘Love Shack’? What’s Next?
Samir Tariq

Let’s acknowledge one thing folks. As a nation, we are an extremely industrious people and highly innovative as well. Therefore, our poor economic situation, which seems to be worsening by the day, is beyond any rational reasoning at least to me. Where else in the world would you find such highly creative, extremely ambitious and downright greedy, shameless and vulture-like souls who would rent out the mausoleum of their nation’s founder for a meager amount of a few thousand rupees?....


‘Dancing Girl’ of Mohenjo-Daro
Yasmeen Aftab Ali

As recent as February 7, 2014, the Deccan Herald reported rejection by UK of the Indian demand citing a law “that prevents it from giving back the items”. However, in a very interesting move later, in a repatriation ceremony at the New York Consulate of India, some artefacts were returned to India, reports Al-Jazeera, (16 Jan 2014). These artefacts include two sandstone sculptures. They are of the Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. The third one is reputed to be “a black stone sculpture of Buddhist icon Bodhisattva”…..


Changing Contours of Censorship
Faisal Devji

Certainly, a number of minor and hastily put-together religious outfits have managed to achieve national and sometimes even international fame by attacking writers like Taslima Nasreen or artists such as M.F. Husain. And this is to say nothing about those who attack ordinary people for doing things like celebrating Valentine’s Day which they consider foreign and lascivious. ....

India Does Not Want To Invade Pakistan And The US Is Not Our Enemy!
Rafay Bin Ali

India no longer considers Pakistan a threat. Let’s face it. India is poised to become a global economic engine; its economy is the 10th largest and third by Purchasing Power Parity. India is a member of the G4 and has recently acquired almost absolute control of the International Cricket Council....

Supreme Court Verdict: Parents for the First Time
Mohammed Wajihuddin and Maria Akram

Supreme Court Verdict: Parents for the First Time
Maria Akram

The schism is evident, with patriarchs like Ali calling the SC verdict an infringement while progressives like Dr Qureishi pointing to how the new ruling will help mainstream future generations. But in the end, as poet-lyricist Nida Fazli, who adopted a girl child a decade ago, puts it, "Human feelings and emotions are not captive to relationships which our society decides." ….

India’s Quiet Muslim Spring
Hasan Suroor

I found a generation of young, educated, self-confident and articulate Muslim men and women keen to shed the minority tag and join the national/global mainstream. They believe that their community has had enough of what Salman Rushdie has called the "politics of grievance'', and time has come for Muslims to stop seeing themselves as victims of external factors. Rather, they should take their destiny in their own hands....

Imran Khan: Flirting with the Taliban
Shamil Shams

Recently, when the Pakistani Taliban named Imran Khan as one of a five-man team to engage in peace talks with the Pakistani government, liberal sections of society exclaimed, "See, we always said that Khan was one of the Islamists!" Although Khan immediately refused to take part in the talks, the controversial "Taliban Khan" tag that he has earned over the years got another endorsement.....

Two Types of Leaders
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Two Types of Leaders
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Mahatma Gandhi, who was present on the other side of the stage, got up and walked to where Maulana Mohammad Ali was. He placed his hand around the Maulana’s neck and light-heartedly said, ‘If the husband and wife are willing, then what the Qazi can do!’ The crowd burst out laughing, and so a matter that had seemed enormously serious was finished in a trice, and then the meeting began!....


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the security forces to give a ‘befitting reply’ in their defence to the terrorists. “They will be paid back in their own coin. Our forces have every right to defend themselves and respond to terrorists with full might,” he said, and added that dialogue and terrorism could not go hand-in-hand…..


What a Partition
Ayaz Amir

True or apocryphal the story is related of the poet Firaq Gorakhpuri visiting from India and taken by Faiz Ahmed Faiz to Heera Mandi. This was during the Zia years and as the evening progressed, the company entranced by the singing, the liquor finished and the word went out for some more but at that late hour none was to be had. At which Firaq reportedly exclaimed, “Kya Kambakht Partition thee, Husn Aik Taraf Reh Gya, Sharab Aik Taraf Reh Gayi.”...


Sharia Week on the Volokh Conspiracy
Eugene Volokh

I think many other complaints about incidents of alleged “creeping Sharia” in American law are misguided, partly because the complaints miss the way those incidents simply reflect well-settled (and sound) American law. Indeed, the alternative approach that I offer is, I think, a conservative approach. It urges courts to continue following well-established American legal traditions rather than distorting those traditions either in favour of Islam or against….


Howzzat A Fictitious Of Imran Khan
Jugnu Mohsin

It dates back to the thirteenth century and to another life when I was Sultan of Delhi. And one leading liberal fascist of the day was the Oracle of Delhi. We had differences then, as now. The liberal fascists were supporters of Amir Khusro while I supported Genghis Khan. They wanted to sit around all day inventing Quawwali with Amir Khusro while I was off slaying infidels with my namesake, The Great Khan….


On the UK’s Equating of Journalism with Terrorism
Glenn Greenwald

The UK Government expressly argued that the release of the Snowden documents (which the free world calls “award-winning journalism“) is actually tantamount to “terrorism”, the same theory now being used by the Egyptian military regime to prosecute Al Jazeera journalists as terrorists. Congratulations to the UK government on the illustrious company it is once again keeping. British officials have also repeatedly threatened criminal prosecution of everyone involved in this reporting, including Guardian journalists and editors….


‘Good’ War, ‘Bad’ War
John Pilger

“China,” says President Obama in a leaked briefing paper “is our fast emerging strategic threat.” By 2020, almost two thirds of all US naval forces in the world will be transferred to the Asia-Pacific region. In an arc extending from Australia to Japan and beyond, China will be ringed by US missiles and nuclear-weapons armed aircraft. Will this threat to all of us be “forgotten”, too?....


Dilip Kumar’s Premonition
Dilip Kumar

P. Sainath’s scathing stories about rural corruption and rampant exploitation have become a byword for diligent journalism. He cut his political teeth with Blitz. Dilip Kumar’s cinematic premonitions about the nexus of politics, big business and India’s religious right, precede Sainath’s evolution by a few decades....


Two Talibans and India
Ashok Malik

It is possible all of this is scaremongering and actually the civil wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan will continue for long enough to give India breathing space. Even so, a medium-term nightmare scenario - with the Afghan Taliban closing in on Kabul and Pakistan Taliban getting a slice of state power - cannot be ruled out. For India, it would be the perfect storm....

Hinduism Hijacked
Pavan K. Varma

Hinduism Hijacked
Pavan K. Varma

It is true, of course, that no one has the right to wilfully or maliciously hurt religious sentiment. But all of us have the right to question what constitutes hurt. Hurt cannot be defined on the basis of somebody’s self-righteous assertion that only I know what Hinduism is. It cannot be defined by the inflexible dogmas of those reflexively intolerant to anything that remotely looks like a critique or is at variance with their narrow interpretations….

Hindutva Is Anti-Hinduism
Jug Suraiya

Nothing could be further from the truth. The RSS-inspired ideology of so-called ‘cultural nationalism’ that has been labelled Hindutva can be said to be the antithesis of Hindu thought and belief. Intolerance – dogmatic refusal to see any point of view but that which is your own – is at the core of Hindutva. If something so expansive and fluid can be said to have a core, the core of Hinduism is the exact opposite to that of Hindutva…

India-Pak Nuclear CBM Liked By People
Monika Chansoria

The removal and ultimate elimination of identified obsolescent SRBMs cited above, from India and Pakistan's nuclear arsenal will, firstly, eliminate disadvantages of SRBMs and secondly, serve as an excellent CBM and as nuclear risk-reduction measure without impinging upon the continuing modernisation of either side's strategic forces….


Intolerant India: The controversy over Penguin's withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s scholarly work 'The Hindus: An Alternative History'

Excuse me? You want to teach us about Hinduism? Are you not aware that we are the owners, makers and protectors of Hinduism since the beginning of time? Let me assure you, madam that we actually know whatever there is to know about Hinduism. And that as hallmarked Hindus, we zealously guard our religion from fakes and troublemakers like you. How dare you, an alien Mlechchha woman — a lowly non-Brahmin, non-Hindu, non-male, non-resident — try to poison us with your non-knowledge?...

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