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Asia’s Bleeding Heart
Mohammad Taqi

The Heart of Asia Conference (HOAC) in Islamabad last week was bookended by two devastating attacks in Kandahar and Kabul. As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was being honoured with a 21-gun salute in Islamabad, the Taliban were in the midst of a 20-hour-long assault on Kandahar airport that killed at least 54.


Spectre ignores the greatest fear now: Terror in the name of Islam: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press, 7 December 2015

Spectre ignores the greatest fear now: Terror in the name of Islam

By Manu Joseph

Delink terrorism from religion. How?

By Aakar Patel

The Fanatic Mainstream

By Abdul Khaliq

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Their relationship had virtually shaken entire western Uttar Pradesh last year. Kaleem and Shalu Tyagi who gained national spotlight in August last year when their love affair was turned into a case of “Love Jihad” by Hindutva groups became husband and wife on Friday night.

The myth of Intolerant India: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 5 December 2015

The myth of Intolerant India


The curse of the law

By Khaled Ahmed

Fighting IS with air strikes alone

By The Hindu

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Britain rightly follows France into Syria conflict: New Age Islam’s Selection From World Press, 4 December 2015

Britain rightly follows France into Syria conflict

By Manuel Almeida

Can Saudi and Iran play ball in Lebanon?

By Joyce Karam

Has there been a soft coup in Pakistan?

By Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Putin v Erdogan: May the best man win

By Lamis Andoni

Daesh should not be allowed to get dirty bomb

By Christian Science Monitor

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


The arrival of Russia has changed the complexion of the Syrian conflict completely, to the detriment of Erdogan. Erdogan wants to destroy Assad and the Kurds and help IS, whereas Russia (and Iran) wants exactly the opposite. America and European Union want to demolish IS, but do not want to be seen in the company of Russia!


‘India first’ only religion of government, Constitution its only scripture: Modi: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 28 November 2015

‘India first’ only religion of government, Constitution its only scripture: Modi

By The Hindu

The why of ISIS

By Gautam Adhikari

Fifty shades of intolerance

By Chetan Bhagat

A Little Bit Of Magic

By Khaled Ahmed

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Straws in the Paris wind: New Age Islam’s Selection From India Press, 27 November 2015

Straws in the Paris wind

By Happymon Jacob

Terror versus what?

By Vappala Balachandran

Cults and conscience

ByVamsee Juluri

A reminder from god’s own country

By Oommen Chandy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


The West must learn from failed attempts: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pak Press, 27 November 2015

The West must learn from failed attempts

By Muhammad Ali Ehsan

Why do people hate Altaf Hussain?

By Syed Kamran Hashmi

Being labelled anti-Pakistan

By Zeeba T Hashmi

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


How Tolerant Minds and Calm Politics Can Stop ISIS' War of Terror from Spreading
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda.


An Open Letter To Aamir Khan: Is Leaving India A Way To Fight Intolerance?
Sandip Roy

As a Muslim man, even if you claim to “represent everyone”, you do realize that even in the First World, Muslims are hardly the most welcome? In 31 states and counting in the US, refugees from Syria are no longer welcome. CAGE, an advocacy group, has warned that British Muslims are being subjected to “cradle-to-grave” levels of surveillance that go beyond America’s McCarthy witch-hunts during the Cold War. …

Paris attack intensifies Europe refugee debate: New Age Islam’s Selection from Indian Press,21 November 2015

Paris attack intensifies Europe refugee debate

By Ashok Malik

The national interest trap

By Khaled Ahmed

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Afghan Refugees: The Humiliated And Insulted: New Age Islam’s Selection From Pakistan Press, 20 November 2015

Afghan refugees: the humiliated and insulted

By Dr Mohammad Taqi

Who runs Pakistan?

By Aasim Sajjad Akhtar

Rejuvenate NATO now

By Harlan Ullman

The Paris attack raises questions

By Ali Malik

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


An explosion near the sports stadium, the Stade de France, which French news services said was apparently a suicide bombing, occurred as Germany and France were playing a soccer match, forcing a hasty evacuation of Mr. Hollande. As the scope of the assaults quickly became clear, he convened an emergency cabinet meeting and announced that France was placing severe restrictions on its border crossings. “As I speak, terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale are taking place in the Paris region,” he said in a nationally televised address. “There are several dozen dead, lots more wounded. It’s horrific.”.....


Full Text Of French President Francois Hollande's Statement

Paris Terror Attacks Kill Over 100; France Declares Emergency State

Secularism Is India’s Need, Not a Luxury
Babar Ayaz

I had three opportunities to speak at various forums in India in the last 12 months, where I had to emphasise that in all post-1970 elections no major leader in Pakistan tried to create hatred against India. I also stressed that Pakistan blundered by mixing religion with politics from the very beginning and is now paying a heavy price in blood for making this lethal political formulation. India, I observed, should learn from our mistakes as bringing religion into politics will breed intolerance in society....

Suu Kyi’s Win is Comparable to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’
Aung San Suu Kyi

The apparatus of Myanmar’s ‘deep State’ — which detests Suu Kyi’s star status and mass appeal — engaged in patronage politics and fraudulent vote-buying, press-gagged government employees, and ran a blatantly racist and religiously charged campaign in an orthodox Buddhist nation to paint Suu Kyi as a “candidate of Muslim minorities”.


Chetan Bhagat and the Anatomy of a Bigot
Chetan Bhagat

That rest of India, argues Mr Bhagat, is made up of nationalists. Unlike the pampered and privileged liberals, the nationalists are made up of the patriotic, the aspirational and the talented. They are the salt of the earth. They work hard to attain their success. Nothing is handed to them on a platter.


Invitation to Peace
Firdous Syed

…Kashmir is longing to have a transformation from a miserable situation of a conflict to that of an everlasting peace.  Without desiring peace for India and Pakistan, Kashmir alone can never realize that dream.  We, most earnestly invite prime minister of India, and despite the reputation he possess, to peace.  We wish to welcome prime minister of India wholeheartedly. Will he enable us to do so, by accepting our invitation for peace?


He Named Me Malala: The Ordinary Life Behind an Extraordinary Girl
Malala Yousafzai

David Guggenheim’s documentary captures Malala’s everyday life as both a young teenager and a global activist through poignant and often humorous interview scenes. Malala is followed around her home, through school, to television interviews and global summits to spread her message of educational equality.


Turkey’s Authoritarian Drift
Mustafa Akyol

This power transfer from the secular minority to the religious majority could have been a historic accomplishment, had it taken the form of national reconciliation — as many liberals, including me, naïvely hoped. Yet gradually, especially in the past three years, it took the form of revenge, intoxication with power and paranoia. There was a series of witch hunts, relentless intimidation, and even confiscation of critical media outlets.....


Artists Refusing To Return Awards Lends Intolerance Debate Perspective: What It Means In The West Asian Roulette: New Age Islam’s Selection From Indian Press,7 November 2015

Artists refusing to return awards lends intolerance debate perspective

By Viju Cherian

Shah Rukh, you are my hero but we don’t deserve you

By Barkha Dutt

Myanmar, under the world’s eye

By S Y Quraishi

Why Chetan Bhagat is wrong about Indian liberals

By  Nalin Mehta

Take a stand: Why we need to stop being tolerant of intolerance

By Kanti Bajpai

Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau


Maldives: A Nation in Freefall
Yameen Rasheed

This year witnessed the largest anti-government protests in Maldivian history. The government responded with the biggest political crackdown in over a decade. The entire opposition political leadership remains under arrest or in exile. And now, yet another vice president is in prison over his alleged involvement in a speedboat explosion on September 28. …


Shah Rukh Khan’s Voice Can Carry and Gain Traction — If We Let It
Shahrukh Khan

Is an artist representative of a religion, community, caste, class and, of course, craft? Can you separate one part from the whole? Within that second question lies the dispiriting fact that the two seem to be increasingly twinned, the pitch rising in venom and hysteria with each passing day. The poisonous fallout, being played out in the public domain, is to the detriment of us all.

The Economist Explains: Why Burmese Monks Accuse Aung San Suu Kyi Of Being An Islamist

…In central Myanmar, monks have reportedly been warning voters that the NLD wants to turn Myanmar into a Muslim country. Wirathu, a Ma Ba Tha-affiliated monk from Mandalay, says that the NLD cares more about Muslims than about Burman Buddhists, the country’s biggest ethnic and religious group. Where do these accusations come from, and do they have any validity?


America’s Broken Pakistan Policy
Brahma Chellaney

The paradox is that those in Washington who worry about a rogue commander in Pakistan seizing control of a nuclear bomb seem oblivious to the fact that the Pakistani military has already become radicalized and that the ISI has turned rogue, with its jihadist rampages spawning more dangerous Islamists.

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