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.....
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. …..
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
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.....
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
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
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…..
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.....
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....
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.....
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. ...
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
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
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
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....
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.....
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…..
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.....
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....
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”.....
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....