Syed Kamran Hashmi
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan upheld the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a hero in the eyes of many religious zealots, who killed the then governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, while serving as a member of the police elite force appointed to protect him in 2011. Taseer was an outspoken critic of the blasphemy law.
Syed Ata Hasnain
Sartaj Aziz, the suave and experienced diplomat who is Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and NSA, all rolled in one, is expected to make way in the appointment of NSA to Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua who has just superannuated after the command of 12 Corps, Quetta. He also wore the second hat of the Commander of Pakistan’s Southern Command, the most awkward of command and control arrangements which characterize Pakistan’s faction and ego ridden Army.
For starters, Pakistan's "truth" on Kashmir is absolutely majoritarian. The "Dushman Hindustan" (Nemesis India) narrative is the national gospel and any political rhetoric wrapped around the "Kashmir banega Pakistan" (Pakistan will conquer Kashmir) chant preaches to packed crowds.
The U.S.-Pakistan nuclear tango in the 1980s took place during the Cold War. Today, India-U.S. relations are qualitatively different and successive leaders in both countries have contributed to realising the potential of the newfound strategic partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone out of his way to build a personal rapport with President Obama, reflected in the frequent summit-level interactions.
What is it like to live under segregation? I prefer that word to “ghettoization” because overuse has desensitized us to this second word. We no longer pause when we see “ghettoization” and reflect on what it means. It means a community that we have shunned and rejected as being unequal and unfit to reside with us.
On a Wednesday night in Mumbai, a young boy and his family from Karachi found themselves sleeping on the pavements because no hotel in town would allow them entry. My colleague, Mateen Hafeez, a tenacious crime reporter with a pulse on Mumbai’s grimy underbelly, wrote of how this family was denied entry to a dozen lodges and hotels because they were Pakistani....
I spent the
duration of the election shuttling between its crucible, in Eastern Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar, and the drawing rooms of Delhi, where the political elite of
the city, a cozy cabal of like-minded journalists and politicians, quaked at
the rise of Mr. Modi. I had grown up in this world, and it was one in which
class mattered much more than political difference. Nor was its cynicism
confined to any one party. I remember being present when the son of a B.J.P.
chief minister, a woman now in trouble over corruption, was asked why he wanted
to enter politics. “Money,” he said easily, and no one minded. That was the
kind of world it was. Mr. Modi posed a mortal threat to the safety and
entitlement of this world, ....
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sweet homily to the nation over the lynching of a Muslim in Dadri amounts to nothing more than preaching to the converted. That too reluctantly so, after 10 days of cajoling from innumerable quarters urging the country’s prime communicator to break his silence, and a day after President Pranab Mukherjee felt compelled to speak up and remind us of our “core civilisational values”.
Laws banning beef are not new to India, but new beef-ban laws are to India what the obnoxious blasphemy law is to Pakistan. Human beings are killed in Pakistan in the name of the holy Prophet. In India, they are lynched in the name of the holy cow.
Russia joins Syria war: What it means in the West Asian roulette
By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Beef-eating not a virtue for Muslims
By Zafar Sareshwala
SYRIA’S GOOD REBELS AND BAD TERRORISTS
By Gwynne Dyer
RESPONDING TO A GLOBAL CRISIS
By APS Chauhan
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Recently, Indian Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma stoked controversy by opining that former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam was “a great nationalist despite being a Muslim”.
Pakistan’s only “federal” political party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), suffered a blow to its solar plexus when Asim Hussain was arrested in Karachi for corruption on August 26. An old schoolfellow of and personal physician to PPP boss Asif Ali Zardari, Hussain was federal petroleum minister in the PPP government till 2013.
Endy M. Bayuni
Indonesia’s 70th anniversary this year is a celebration not only of our independence, but also of our diversity. How more than 250 million people, made up of different races, ethnicities, cultures, traditions, languages and faiths, have survived as one nation for seven decades is a question historians will have to answer.
must unite; Muslim voters must show wisdom; Bihar election will give direction
to the nation; Secular parties should give a united fight; People of Bihar
should support secular leaders; Is BJP going to gain from Majlis and
Mulayam? These are some of the headlines
that are appearing every day in Inquilab, the Urdu daily published from 14
cities including Delhi and Patna.....
intelligence experts attend global meets to tackle IS threat
Sikh Men Working To Stop Inter-Faith Marriages
In the Capital
Siddharth Johar/ Armin Rosencranz
the People: Caste-Based Reservations Need To Be Recast For The Sake Of A Fairer
Killed Murtaza Bhutto?
Leadership Taking a Toll On Afghanistan
Hiranmay Karlekar |
RSS Chief’s Quota Quote: Media’s Straw Man Fallacy
Anish Gupta/ Aaleya Giri
Reminds Us How PM Modi Bears Responsibility for the Poison That Is Being Spread
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
the death in Dadri affects the national project under PM Narendra Modi
By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Saadat Hasan Manto
Saadat Hasan Manto’s final days open a vista onto the creative struggle and state of chaos that plagued the short story writer. However, a touching tribute can do little to make a martyr of a man who is termed an anti-hero, even decades after his demise.
Pope St. Francis
St. Francis is undeniably cool. He once worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires. He got a serenade to “Frank, baby,” from his fan Stephen Colbert. He spurred nuns to have a tailgating party at Catholic U. before his Mass, inspired the Internet to erupt in photos of dogs sporting miters and persuaded a blubbering John Boehner that he would never have a day that good again.
During a meeting in New Delhi this month, the United Arab Emirates’ minister for foreign affairs, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, surprised the Indian side when he linked the birth of global terrorism to three cataclysmic events in 1979: The erstwhile Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan; the overthrow of Shah of Iran Reza Shah Pahlavi by cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini; and the siege of the Holy Mecca shrine by ultra-orthodox Islamists known as Juhayman’s Ikhwan led by Juhayman al-Otaybi.
Growing up in the northern Indian city of Saharanpur, where Muslims made up a sizable minority, he was routinely bullied for being gay, Mr. Sharma said. He found solace in his mother’s Bollywood film magazines, spending hours cutting out pictures of his favorite stars to design posters for the fantastical movies he dreamed of making.
Morocco has been championing a moderate version of Islam that is in consonance with the principles of twenty first century democracy. Under the guidance of monarch King Mohammed VI, the initiative is part of a well thought-out strategy to fight the scourge of Islamic extremism. For this purpose, the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidines, and Morchidates – an 18 million euro facility – was opened in March this year. French imams will receive their training here.....
Now it’s time to pivot from primary politics to papal coverage, as Pope Francis prepares to take the Acela Corridor by storm. My colleague Laurie Goodstein has an overview of the state of American Catholicism — declining in the north and east, growing in the south and west, increasingly Hispanic and consistently divided — that includes these polling nuggets on how Francis has changed American Catholic attitudes toward the church without necessarily changing their involvement with the institution:
Time To Call Pakistan's Bluff
By Deepak Sinha
Danger Zone: Posturing Against Pakistan Can Be Costly For India
By Sameer Lalwani
Big City Or Village, India Is Waging A War Against Women
By Samar Halarnkar
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
'Pakistan's recent utterances and tendency to use pinpricks to try our patience appear reminiscent of 1965. We are a strong nation, emerging stronger,' says Lieutenant General Syed Ata Hasnain (retd).
An early Muslim League president, the Aga Khan, thought Pakistan should adopt Arabic as the national language. Pakistan couldn’t do it, but General Zia-ul-Haq made it compulsory; that too didn’t work.
Now, as anger mounts over Saudi diplomat Majed Hassan Ashoor evading prosecution for allegedly raping and torturing two Nepali maids, many Indians are asking if the time has come to revisit the immunities diplomats enjoy — one of the foundational agreements of modern international relations. ...