“We have formed a warm relationship. It feels comforting to have met
such people after seeing so much bloodshed happening right in front of our
eyes.” Standing in front of her rented house which was painted with Hindu
symbols, she said she shared a warm relationship with the daughters of the
landlord, “After we saw 13 people being killed in our village, we lost all hope
in life. But in this family we found a trusted friend. The fact that we have
such people helping others in traumatic times gives us hope.”..
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The troubled intellectual in India today is being asked to choose
between free speech that can lead to intellectual murder or a silence that can
end in intellectual suicide “Write as you speak,” a wise old man once told me,
“and speak as you think.” The advice, intended to guard writing from verbosity
and artifice, was sound....
The horror in Orlando was unspeakable. And we will learn much more about
it in the days ahead. But today the event was made that much worse by a
Presidential candidate who seeks to lead the country in complicated times and
in its darker moments with self-aggrandizing tweets and hollow words....
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The three classic Hindutva thrusts, the issues which built the party
over the decades, do not concern Hindus but address others. The issues are
Ayodhya (Muslims must not keep their mosque), Uniform Civil Code (Muslims must
not keep their personal law) and Article 370 (Muslims must not keep their
constitutional autonomy). What will Hindus like me get out of these demands?
Nothing I can think of....
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Can violence be beautiful? Quite by coincidence, a few weeks before Ali’s death, I was reading David Remnick’s classic King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. “Boxing in America,” writes Remnick, “was born of slavery. Like the Roman emperors who gathered at the Colosseum to watch their warring chattel, Southern plantation owners amused themselves by putting together their strongest slaves and letting them fight it out for sport and gambling.” Ali was the Spartacus of America, the man who led the slave rebellion, fought his battles armed with art and chutzpah, and tortured his enemies with his success, achieved on their terms.
It is tragic that high-strung India and Pakistan have taken the opening
of trading routes as a threat to their security, growling at each other while pretending
to reach for their nukes. Pakistan, committed to SAARC pledges of
“connectivity”, refused to allow SAARC-members India and Afghanistan to transit
their goods through its territory....
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.
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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. ....