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The Elephant at the Peace Table
Ayesha Siddiqa

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. ...


Terror Creeping Back In Anantnag: How Can It Be Countered?
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 within. ...


Gay and Going to the Mosque: 'I’ve never felt more Muslim Than I Do Now'
Samra Habib

“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....


Fear Or Forgiveness?
Javed Anand

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. ....

Pakistan’s National Psyche: The Missing Self Esteem
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 away....

The Rise of Donald Trump: Tracking an Upsurge in Global Fascism
Peter Baker

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.

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Pakistan Cannot Go On Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hounds
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....


Muslims and RSS Cannot Afford To Go On Hating
J.S. Bandukwala

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...


A Balance Sheet for May 28
Pervez Hoodbhoy

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....


Why Chabahar Deal Is a Rebellion against History
Praveen Swami

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....


Redlines Crossed Too Often By Adversaries-In-Partnership against Terrorism
Imtiaz Alam

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....


The Route through Chabahar: Modi’s Outreach to Iran Will Help Pull India out Of the Narrow Straitjacket of South Asia
Talmiz Ahmad

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 well...


Death of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor Likely To Enrage Pakistan
Jon Boone

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 death...


Overcoming Baiting by the Separatists and Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir
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)

A Muslim for London’s Safety
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. ....


In Tehran, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Could Play Wider Role
Talmiz Ahmad

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 Republic...


Why Pakistan Is Objecting to India’s Geospatial Information Regulation Bill
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 stand...


Muzaffarnagar Riots: Judicial Commission Fails To Hold Up the Light to the Truth
Harsh Mander

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 will?..

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions
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’...


Secularism Is a Fig Leaf: We’re More Pakistani than We Think
Aakar Patel

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...

Londoners Show the Way
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Londoners Show the Way
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...


Speaking Up, Saying It Out Loud
Khaled Ahmed

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,”

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