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Some news reports mention that Bihar and Uttar Pradesh recognise madrasas as schools, which is perfectly fine if the madrasas are teaching all the subjects prescribed by their State curricula. But if they are not and are still recognised as schools and the children studying there are considered as school-going children completing their elementary education.....

Red Alarms Ringing In Mediterranean
Günes Kömürcüler

A red line has actually being drawn in the Mediterranean region, showing how terrorism, political and economic uncertainties are becoming more threatening. If the Mediterranean countries, irrespective of which continent they are on, do not come together and find a solution to the rising threats in the region, much worse will likely happen. …..

 

Iran’s Unserious Critics
Roger Cohen

Absent an accord, Iran will in time resume where it left off 20 months ago. The United States, under Obama or his successor, is not about to go to war with Iran; forget about it. We’ll get the next facile metaphor along the lines of Netanyahu’s warning that an Iranian nuclear threat is coming “to a theatre near you,” and another crescendo of rhetoric designed to disguise helpless navel-gazing ....

 

Some people have suggested that religious education should be imparted to children in madrasas or Vedic schools only after school hours. But the best solution would be not to allow children to go to any religious school until they are 14 — the age up to which they have to be compulsorily in formal schools.....

 

Is India Bending Towards Israel?
Vijay Prashad

Pressure on Israel to change its policy direction could come from an ICC investigation. India’s abstention does not help the situation in West Asia. In fact, it has given the Israeli policymakers respite, and has betrayed the slim hopes of the Palestinian people.....

The Greeks Have Said No to Failed Policies, Not to Europe or the Euro
Matias Vernengo

But before we get to the results of the referendum and what can be expected now, it would be important to briefly understand why the crisis occurred in the first place. If you believe the Troika, the crisis results from a Greek government, not the current by the way, that spent too much, lied about it, and accumulated too much debt. The European institutions are just trying to get their money back, and that is why austerity is necessary. The crisis, according to them, is fiscal in nature......

 

It is truly appalling to see that a tragedy so conspicuously painted in racial terms reduced and represented as a show of hostility against the Christian faith. The attempt to represent the Charleston shootings as a religious attack is a strategic erasure of the elephant in the room: that America had never really disentangled itself from the plague of slavery, segregation and discrimination....

 

Thoughts on the Istanbul LGBTI Pride Parade
Mustafa Akyol

One does not need to be a genius to see this wrong has something to do with what is called “homophobia,” which also comes out as discrimination or violence against gay people. Notably, this is a universal problem and certainly not exclusive to Turkey or the broader Muslim world…..

 
Secular Yoga
Prof. P.S. Bhandari and U Bhandari, New Age Islam

Plato was not a Hindu. Certainly he was not an Indian. But it seems he preached Yoga when he put forward his theory of education for the ideal rulers: “gymnastic for the body and music for the soul. As their age advances let them increase the gymnastic of their soul.” This education is for a healthy mind in a healthy body. It looks like Secular Yoga.....

 

Pakistan: The Permanent Factors
Ayaz Amir

The sun can change its course, the stars their alignment…Pakistan can enjoy the blessings of fake democracy or military redemption, but some things in this country are fixed, immutable, impervious to the wind and the seasons....

Mislabelling Madrasas
Antara Dev Sen

Mislabelling Madrasas
Antara Dev Sen

Come on! Do you honestly believe that the BJP government in Maharashtra is suddenly enormously concerned about the education of Muslims? That labelling madrasas as irrelevant, brushing off their students as uneducated children who do not go to school, implying that studying the Quran is no study at all and refusing to acknowledge that madrasas impart education, unless they teach certain courses approved by the government, is going to make Muslims swell with pride and dignity?....

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“Madrasa Education is a Clear Violation of the Human Rights of Children”: Sultan Shahin asks UNHRC to make Muslim Countries Stick to their Pious Declarations

Pakistan Needs Strong Leadership...Period
Ayaz Amir

There certainly was no desire to take on the Taliban…from Nawaz Sharif to Imran Khan everyone parroting the mantra of peace talks. The TTP exploited this supine attitude. Markets were laid waste, churches bombed, army convoys attacked. Pakistan gave every impression of being a beleaguered republic. The political leadership gave the impression of being the Vichy government – which collaborated with Hitler after the fall of France.....

With the move sparking fierce criticism from Muslim organisations and Opposition parties, Education Minister Vinod Tawde clarified that “students of madrasas that follow a proper academic curriculum” will not be counted as “out of school”. Maharashtra’s Secretary (school education) Nand Kumar said Vedic schools teaching only Vedas would also be classified as non-schools.....

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“Madrasa Education is a Clear Violation of the Human Rights of Children”: Sultan Shahin asks UNHRC to make Muslim Countries Stick to their Pious Declarations

It is not our tragedies that shape the future; it is the abysmal response that does. The only means to our very survival, as a state and nation, is that our ‘emperors’ feel the afflictions of those ruled. It is their apathy alone that spawns the scourge of terrorism, corruption and cronyism. Empathy, the only antidote to this unholy trinity, should be the ‘enforced’ National Action Plan. ...

 

Man Beaten Up For Skipping Friday Prayers in an Indian Village: Rise Of ISIS Ideology Impacts India Too

Recently, the dead body of a man was prevented from being buried in a Muslim graveyard in a village near Saharanpur in India. Now a man was beaten up for skipping Friday prayers in a village called Pathanpurva in Bahraich district. ….

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India: Wahhabi Taliban Onslaught On Sunni Muslims - Clean-Shaven Muslim’s Daughter Killed, 4 Injured

Defenders of the government often suggest that its critics believe western foreign policy alone is at the heart of radicalisation. The reason for it is undoubtedly a complex interaction of different factors. My fear is that current government policy will seal the mouths of Muslim pupils, leaving them feeling unable to open up for fear of the consequences: a satisfactory outcome for extremists and nobody else…..

 

If A Culture or Religion Contradicts Human Rights, It Needs To Evolve
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

While the Hanafi Fiqh asserts that homosexuality doesn’t warrant physical punishment, and the Hanbali and Shafi schools call for harsher penalties, all Islamic schools of thought dub homosexuality ‘unnatural’ and ‘perverted deviation’ worthy of being punished......

 

Neutralising the Saudi King
Nadeem F. Paracha

Want to know why (or rather) how Pakistan actually managed to say ‘no’ to the request of the Saudi monarchy to join its war effort in Yemen? Here’s the transcript of the secret discussion that Punjab CM, Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Advisor to the PM, Sartaj Aziz, had with the Saudi king after the Pakistan Parliament voted against sending Pakistani troops to Saudi Arabia....

 

What happens when two opposing cultures meet up, one based on permissive Western values and the other on repressive Islamic doctrine? If the latest news out of Germany is any indication, the latter wins.....

 

Will Turkey Really Occupy Northern Syria Now?
Mustafa Akyol

Does this mean that Erdoğan’s Turkey is on the same side with ISIL against the Syrian Kurds? There are many who readily say “yes” to this question these days, but I think they are wrong. They are also dead wrong to condemn Turkey as a “terrorist” state, assuming that it supports ISIL. Because, no, Turkey does not support ISIL, and there is no evidence to believe so…..

 

Saving the Cows, Starving the Children
Sonia Faleiro

In a speech last September, Mr. Modi said, “If the determination is strong, then I believe that youngsters and children of this country have the strength and talent to move forward.” But many of our children are not strong, precisely because politicians are depriving them of basic nutrition. India is suffering a huge loss of human capital in the process, and foolishly turning an enormous asset into a liability.....

The real meaning of 'jihad' was not harming others, but to use "constructive emotion" to combat destructive emotions, the Dalai Lama today said as he used his appearance at famed Glastonbury music festival to describe Islamic State's violence as "unthinkable".....

 

This is the blessed month of Ramadan, and it is the month of mercy from Allah to his creation, a month to ask forgiveness of Allah and of this creation, a month to express gratitude to Allah and to his creation.  It’s the month of reconciliation, a month of patience, a month during which hearts change.  Indeed, a month of many blessings. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said if you have not thanked the people, you have not thanked God.  So I would like to first thank my attorneys, whose who sit at this table, the table behind me, and many more behind the scenes.  They have done much good for me, from my family.  They made my life the last two years very easy.  I cherish their company.  They’re lovely companions.  I thank you....

 

British Police Documents: RAW Met MQM in Europe in the 90s, Gave Money
Praveen Swami

At secret meetings in Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Salzburg and Prague, the MQM leadership asked for $1.5 million in assistance, Mir alleged. The BBC had touched off a political firestorm in Pakistan last week, quoting “an authoritative Pakistani source” as saying that senior MQM officials had told police in the United Kingdom that “the party was receiving Indian funding”.  The report quoted Pakistani officials as claiming that hundreds of MQM militants had been trained by India over the last decade in “explosives, weapons and sabotage”.....

 

A Nation of Thieves Who Steal From the Government
Aakar Patel

The major reason is the reluctance of the Indian citizen, particularly in the middle class, to pay his dues. This may be seen as a sweeping statement, but we don’t have to go too far for evidence to support this. Only around three per cent of Indians pay any income tax and these are mostly those who are employed, and whose taxes are deducted. I often refer to us as a nation of thieves, who steal from our government....



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