“Islam was warmly accepted and then later grew
in India largely due to the teachings of Sufi masters who promoted concepts
such as mutual respect, tolerance, brotherhood and love towards other
communities. However, in the recent past import of radical and extremist
ideology which claims to be representative of true Islam has brought immense
loss to image of Islam and Muslims in India. Any extremist organisation such as
Daeshor ISIS waving Islamic flags and misusing the holy Qur’an has actually no
endorsement in the ambit of Islam...
One can sharpen
one’s censure with satire to make it hurt. Talking of culture in general,
insult comes easy because this is an area of discussion we are not too familiar
with. But if English was seen to dominate this year’s LLF, it was only because
the critic chose to ignore the Urdu sessions: the LLF kicked off with a
memorial discussion of Intizar Husain, the recently deceased genius whom the
entire world had read in translation; followed by CM Naim’s brilliant
hardliners dismiss the reformists as agents of imperialism, the reformists
discredit those who did not vote them back to power as belligerent and outdated
losers, shamelessly banding them together with those treacherous expat
"opposition" who advocate sanctions and war on their homeland.....
unlikely, though, that the pragmatic centrists could bring about sweeping
changes in the near future. But the elimination of reformists will not end
Rouhani’s efforts to push his agenda among the more pragmatic and
business-oriented members of the Revolutionary Guards and the more flexible
sections of the conservative faction in parliament...
finally coming out of its trance because the non-state actors it banked on have
turned against it? Is it ready to break the fake binary of bilateral terror?
Many opinion-makers now write bluntly about the pantomime enacted by halfwit
police IGs blaming al-Qaeda-related terrorism in Karachi on India. When India
complains, it’s against Pakistani terrorists like Masood Azhar and Ajmal Kasab
it arrests on its own soil....
reforms have been aggressively blocked on all levels by hard-liners who have
gained unprecedented power. Much has been done to undermine the reformists.....
creating real jobs for the Saudi youth, Saudisation has turned into a process
of offering these young men SR1, 000 or SR2, 000 while they are sitting at
home, or, as some would claim, while studying. As such, the Saudisation process
has become an attempt to win money that has nothing to do with work, experience
Maldives may be inundated by a political storm. At the centre stands the
archipelago’s president, Abdulla Yameen, scion of a powerful clan. The jailing
this week of a former ally, and questions about missing money, are bringing the
crisis to a head. One agent of Mr Yameen’s troubles is Mohamed Nasheed....
India is an
emerging global power with a large economy, while the UAE has huge economic
potential and its role as a reliable and active player in the region to
collaborate on security issues especially terrorism, piracy and other
transnational crimes is beneficial to both the countries. There are no major
issues of conflict hindering further consolidation of ties between the two
The time has
also come for Pakistan to take on Saeed and Masood Azhar, another Jihadi
terrorist, who constantly spew venom against India and virtually hold the
bilateral relationship to ransom through their terrorist acts.....
The usual examples of Muslim personal law and issues like triple talaq (in one sitting) or polygamy among Muslims are used to argue that Indian secularism has gone astray. Such opinion makers push forward the notion that Muslims sticking to old ideas, politicians pandering to Muslims and emergence of Muslimfirsters are the real obstacles to a new, modern secularism.
means accepting that all extremists – not only the Hindu variety – threaten
pluralism. Second, it requires recognising the complexity of inter-religious
conflict. Sometimes – such as in the awful murder of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri –
Muslims are indeed victims. At other times, such as in Malda or the Srinagar
valley, they are the victimisers. Third, Indian political and intellectual
elites need to start treating the reform of ideas rooted in Sharia – such as a
violent response to so-called blasphemy – as a national concern, not just a
narrowly Muslim concern.....
India should keep in mind that the country is enveloped by a single political
and moral ecology. We cannot survive outside this complex web of social
concerns, struggles and relationships. Our national life is, and has got to be,
run according to the lofty standards set by the Constitution. We must take care
to protect democracy and human rights. It’s only then that the Indian political
ecology will be protected. That we have failed Rohith should always remind us
not to fail other Indians......
The Saudis had
a choice of Sharifs: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or COAS Gen Raheel Sharif.
Being prudent, they followed the example of the man who, when informed that his
mother-in-law had died, was asked whether he wanted her body buried or
cremated. He replied: “Do both. Take no chances.”...
The statues, in
a corridor leading to a grand hall in Rome’s renowned Capitoline Museums, were
encased in tall white boxes ahead of a news conference that Mr. Rouhani held on
Monday with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy. One of the statues was the “Capitoline
Venus,” a Roman copy of a legendary fourth century B.C. work by Praxiteles;
some of the other sculptures were of ancient Greek and Roman gods, dressed
minimally, if at all....
government first needs to define what is India’s BATNA vis-à-vis Pakistan? If
there is no continuous diplomatic engagement, then what? Is it continual war
against mostly suicide bombers who can spring nasty surprises even against the
finest standing army in the world?...
India may be moving along divergent paths of development but their
commonalities are becoming more accentuated as well. Engaging with the other is
vital — and certainly possible. Although I sometimes took unpopular political
positions at no point did I, as a Pakistani, experience hostility...
M. K. Narayanan
It would send the right message to the
Pakistani deep state that they cannot exploit our democratic freedoms without
facing retaliation. Once the situation improves, India could consider resorting
to a step-by-step normalisation process, beginning with the resumption of Track
II and Track 1 1/2 dialogues, followed by a resumption of backchannel
negotiations, before proceeding to full-scale talks.....
I want to begin
with this everyday sense of neglect because those who capture you for the
headlines are taxidermists of the moment; they freeze a life into a second and
forget that sense of being that made you what you were: A man who cared, a man
who protested, who believed that protest and research went together, that being
from a backward class meant being more than backward....
India has given
Pakistan a long rope. A number of balls are up in the air. Gen Sharif has to
decide whether jihad or India is the real threat. After investing huge
political capital Mr Modi has realised that sustained engagement with Pakistan
is the only viable option. But to make it work, he must carry a big stick
backed by a strong internal security architecture.....
response of Pakistan to India’s no-nonsense stand that the resumption of
India-Pakistan dialogue will happen only when decisive action is taken against
Maulana Masood Azhar and his lieutenants of the Jaish-e-Mohammed has made
Indian public opinion allergic to a possible repeat of what happened after the
Mumbai terror attacks....
What Do Saudis Want From Pakistan?
Syed Kamran Hashmi
ISIS in Pakistan?
Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Democracy, Religion and Pakistan
Raja Qaiser Ahmed
The Unheard Victims
By Mehr Tarar
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Give Up Past, Work Together
Break the Talk-Terror Template
Keeping Aside Past Baggage
The Multiple Identities of Adnan Sami
By Khaled Ahmed
Mufti Sayeed Didn’t Live To See The New Chapter Of Indo-Pak Ties
Prem Shankar Jha
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Last year, we had to watch a series of events that attacked our democratic right of freedom of expression and our culture of secularism. It was a dangerous trend that we could not ignore, and we did not ignore it. ...
To talk or not to talk…
Breaking The Terror Cycle
By Vivek Katju
Arun Kumar Singh
Accountability After Pathankot
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau