Ultimately, peace is a long-drawn process which will not deliver fruit
in a hurry. Even if peace is a dead-end street, the possibility is still worth
exploring by talking with actors who have power to tilt the balance....
So Muhammad Ali drew on his religious beliefs and humanitarian
principles to launch a kind of Jihad of his own. It was so very different from
the version that the fanatics parade today.
In fact, not long ago Muhammad Ali had reportedly come hard on
brutalisation in the name of religion. ...
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
From a terrain angle Anantnag offers the ideal ground for breeding of
terrorists and their sustenance. The town has multiple inlets and exits, is
crowded with narrow lanes and there are a number of religious institutions
“So much of my faith experiences are connected to cultural traditions
and interpretations. Now as an adult, I can actively choose my own traditions,
which feels powerful.” In a way, I’ve never felt more Muslim than I do now....
Finally, the future of Indian democracy is not contingent on the mutual
hate or love between Muslims and the RSS. Muslims for the Sangh Parivar are a
convenient means to an end, but their real target is the Constitution of our
secular-democratic republic. ....
Syed Ata Hasnain
I sometimes wonder what it must be like to be a citizen of Pakistan. I
often meet the elite Pakistani citizenry which paints a picture that all is
well at home. Sipping mojitos, they speak of Clifton in Karachi and high-end
shopping; money seems to be oozing out of their pockets. Yet, facts give it all
There is a tendency at times to try to fit current movements into
understandable constructs — some refer to terrorist groups in the Middle East
as Islamofascists — but scholars say there is a spectrum that includes
right-wing nationalism, illiberal democracy and populist autocracy.
How Far Is Europe Swinging to the Right?
Harsh V Pant
With its latest gamble, Washington is hoping that this strike, much like
the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, will inflict a lasting
blow on the Taliban by undercutting the group’s capacity to carry out attacks,
sapping morale and disrupting long-term planning.....
In what is probably the first incident of its kind, terror outfit
Islamic State (ISIS) has successfully managed to radicalise and rope in an
Indian studying in the United States....
I forgive those who caused so much harm to me and my community. My only
daughter was married to a Gujarati Hindu, with my consent, in the immediate
aftermath of 2002. By God’s grace, they are very happy. Today it is impossible
for me to hate a Gujarati Hindu. Can the RSS do the same? It would change the
face of our beloved India...
The notion of the Ummah has evaporated as Muslims fight Muslims in
Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Libya. Nothing suggests that this is temporary.
Iran and Saudi Arabia are at daggers drawn, and the Pakistan-Iran relationship
simmers with hostility....
Put simply, the Chabahar project — the port, the rail network, and the
road systems it would tap into — would give India dramatic access to economic
opportunities in regions it has been cut off from for centuries. For years now,
Indian governments have eyed the opportunities Chabahar offers — but have
failed to capitalise on the potential....
Mullah Mansour’s killing is even much more disturbing for Pakistan than
Bin Laden’s elimination. It has happened at a time when the conflict in
Afghanistan has entered a crucial phase. Instead of succeeding in persuading
the Afghan Taliban to....
They will also be able to take joint action against the scourge of the
Taliban and Pakistan’s pernicious role in Afghanistan, which have destroyed
Afghanistan’s integrity and threaten stability in South and Central Asia as
Many of the country’s security officials are likely to be furious given
how heavily Pakistan invested in helping Mansoor secure the leadership of the
Taliban after a power struggle broke out following the announcement of Omar’s
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain
The separatists will make weak attempts to once again demand a cap on
the number of pilgrims and on the duration. These can be dismissed with the
contempt they deserve. In the year 2011, just after the end of the tumultuous
three year period of street turbulence, we oversaw the highest ever footprint
of 'Darshan' at the Holy Cave, with 640,000 pilgrims....
A Muslim for London’s Safety
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
But, sir, surely you do forget one thing; London is London.” That, just
about sums up what London is all about. You do not have to retrace steps to the
story of Puss in Boots to recall the once-poverty-stricken Dick Whittington,
Lord Mayor of London, for whom the church bells had predicted his achievement
many years before he became one. ....
India should give up its traditional posture of non-involvement in
contentions issues outside South Asia and lead a diplomatic effort to address
the mutual grievances and loss of trust between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic
Syed Ata Hasnain
Pakistan has always contested the status of J&K and terms it
disputed; it follows a rationale that UN Security Council Resolution calling
for Plebiscite has been disregarded by India which remains in illegal
possession of the territory under its control. India is very clear on its own
But the commission never once holds the state leadership accountable for
these indefensible failures that led to communal killings, permanent
displacement of thousands of Muslims from the villages of their birth, and
estrangement of the two communities not just in western UP but across the
state. If judicial commissions will not
tell the truth about who and what was responsible for communal massacres, who
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
As nonviolent activists, our task is not simply to raise awareness by
making such statements as 'Business as usual cannot continue', 'The age of
fossil fuels is coming to an end' and 'Keep fossil fuels in the ground'. Our
task is to take action that inspires people and organizations to mobilise in
response to our clear 'action messages’...
For the first time, the Indian state is comfortable expressing its
majoritarian nature. The BJP government is echoing its constituency, and feels
no shame in doing this. This is an observable fact. The resentment and anger
that its voters feel against the appeasement of Muslims, the proselytisation by
Christians and the mollycoddling of Dalits and Adivasis, all of this the
government also feels...
I don’t know who they are, and I’m dumbfounded as to why the country’s
highest office hasn’t stopped the National Police for curtailing public
discourses on political science or arresting people over silly t-shirts. Does
it count as a Mental Revolution when we let a bogeyman loose among our men,
women and children...
Aijaz Zaka Syed
Although the colour of one’s skin still matters, Britain has come a long
way since the time of its first Jewish prime minister. Nothing better
encapsulates this change than the historic election of Sadiq Khan as the mayor
of London. It is a tribute to the British democracy...
Saeed in fact had been doing something unforgivable: Running stealth
courts in violation of the constitution of Pakistan. “The supra-constitutional
Sharia courts, established by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), operate across the country
and only the Lahore court of this parallel judicial system has issued verdicts
in 5,550 cases, including murder trials,”