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Kolkata Madrasa Head Attacked For ‘Trying To Be a Rushdie’
Masum Akhtar, a Newspaper Columnist

“The fight is between true Islamists and the distorted ones. I am not anti-Islam. But my free thinking is not accepted by fundamentalist Muslims who are doing a great harm to the religion,” he said....

 

Properly speaking, secularism is a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations in the state’s policies, their implementation, and decisions. Secularism is the doctrine of keeping religion out of the state’s decisions and actions. But we have, instead, interpreted secularism as ‘Sarva Dharma Samabhava,’ where the state professes equal respect for all religions....

 

The Reality of Christian Suffering
Nasir Saeed

Jinnah's promise to the minorities, especially the Christian leadership, of equal treatment and recognition as equal citizens of Pakistan has not been respected and validated but instead every successive government has contributed to their miseries. The concept of a nation changed and we divided up into Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs, and then further on as Punjabis, Sindhis, Baloch and Pashtuns....

 

Netanyahu the Mythbuster: 'Special Relationship' No More
Ramzy Baroud

Although Netanyahu vowed to oppose a future Palestinian state - raising concerns among his Western allies - Herzog, too, practically opposed a contiguous and sovereign Palestinian state because no such state could possibly co-exist with colonial settlements and military occupation....

 
Speaking for Freedom
Chinmayi Arun

Speaking for Freedom
Chinmayi Arun

In the wake of international infamy over the government’s blocking of India’s Daughter, this judgment is a monumental reminder that we are a democracy with an independent judiciary and a formidable Constitution....

 

Turkey’s diplomatic confession: Iran is dominating the region
Gokhan Bacik

Turkey does not figure in any major equation of Middle Eastern politics. It is either Saudi Arabia or Iran that is the constant or variable of that equation. Ironically, Turkey seems to have become a state desperately seeking allies to help it out of isolation….

 
Being Christian in India
Mari Marcel Thekaekara

I think all religions need introspection. Muslim moderates should ask why a five-year-old girl must be in Purdah instead of being assured of justice when a paedophile leers at her. Similar questions about the marital rights of Muslim women and other diktats need questioning. Not from a Western perspective but from the perspective of humanity and decency. The Brahmo Samaj protested against child marriage, sati and encouraged widow remarriage. A lot more has to be done within Hinduism to fight conversion effectively….

 
Vykom: Strategic Nonviolent Action against Untouchability
By Robert J. Burrowes for New Age Islam

The Vykom satyagraha was an early example of the strategic application of nonviolent action even if it was some twenty years after Gandhi started using it strategically....

 
Once Upon a Division
J.S. Bandukwala

Once Upon a Division
J.S. Bandukwala

Jinnah was born barely 100 km from Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhiji. A lawyer of great integrity and competence, he was far removed from the Muslim world to which he was born. But he was held in high regard by non-Muslim elites. He defended Bal Gangadhar Tilak in court; Sarojini Naidu wrote his biography; Motilal Nehru called him an ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity. His weak point was an abhorrence of mass politics a la Gandhi. ....

Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste
Hassan Javid

There is more. The state’s apparent commitment to fighting terror has, coincidentally and conveniently, dovetailed with the assertion of its power in other realms. The introduction of military courts and the reintroduction of the death penalty....

 

Can Peace Come To a Country Where Artists Are Considered Terrorists
Melis Alphan

Now, because of a sculpture that wears “mekap” on her feet, a sculptor is accused of being a terrorist. The artist is trying to explain that this is not a woman’s sculpture from the PKK.  What if it was? …..

 

No young men were left in the locality. Police had bundled and taken them away to some unknown location on the most auspicious day in Muslim calendar, days before Eid, even as no rioting had taken place in Hashimpura. Those left behind were thirsty and hungry, while the locality had run out of food and water with no help in sight. Insult was added to injury when bodies of 42 men, riddled with bullets fired point-blank, taken from the locality were found floating in canals over 30km away......

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A Tale from Karakalpakstan
Khaled Ahmed

This little anecdote carries no authority. I am intrigued by it because it carries some remarkable “clues”. I must say I was never completely convinced by the acronym deployed in the textbooks. Even “A” for Afghania (Pakhtunkhwa) is a bit of a stretch. Two “Bs” for Bengal and Balochistan — the latter is supposed to be contained in the “tan” ending — were missing anyway, while “K” for Kashmir is there....

 

The positives are few and far between. It seems as if all major stakeholders have worked more towards chipping away at democracy than adding value to it. A lot is yet to be done in order to put Pakistan firmly on the path of democratic rule…..

 

A Turning Point in Tunisia: The Last Thing Jihadis Want is Democracy
Larbi Sadiki

What is being targeted is the civic way of life enabling citizens to live at once as Muslims and democrats. This should be the primary concern of Tunisia's citizens and the new political elite shaping the country's "Second Republic" after the January 2011 Revolution.....

Because there truly was a time, when the state failed the citizens of Karachi once too many times, and there was only one place they could go to seek help and be heard: Nine-Zero. When the state did not even provide the Katchi Abadis of Karachi with pipe water in the 1980s, the MQM demanded their legislation so that they could be provided with better amenities, legally......

 

A reluctance to criticise has allowed the political influence of Islam to grow. "We see politicians treading on egg shells with the religious authorities,".....

 

Can Turkish Social Democrats Do What Islamists And Kurds Did?
Murat Yetkin

One of these was the “Just Order,” which was an understanding of the economy resembling Muammar Gaddafi’s Islamic Socialism, rather than modern theories. The other was an open enmity for the “Western club,” which considered the European Union as a “Christian club” or even a “club of Crusaders.”….

 

How King Bibi Survived
Rachel Shabi

Observers may have baulked, but Bibi knew what he was doing. Benjamin Netanyahu, incumbent Israeli prime minister, has spent the past few days making alarmingly racist and intransigent statements - and as an election tactic, it worked.....

 

Pakistan’s Moral Catastrophe: Don’t Execute Shafqat Hussain
Fatima Bhutto

The boy was held in solitary confinement, his genitals were electrocuted and he was burned with cigarette butts. The policemen interrogating him removed three of his fingernails. Sadly, Shafqat’s case was not the exception. It was the rule.....

 

So What Else Should Christians Do?
Ayaz Amir

Every time a Shia Imambargah is attacked, dark images of revenge flit through the minds of Shia youths. This is the soil we tilled, and this the harvest we are lifting. The great theorists of strategic depth, the bright-eyed promoters of ‘jihad’ as an instrument of state policy....

 

Three Is A Crowd: Indian Supreme Court Decision On Polygamy Significantly Advances Muslim Personal Law Reform
Faizan Mustafa

Clandestine bigamy among Hindus has a worse effect than open polygamy among Muslims. Muslim men who have more than one wife, on the other hand, are legally bound to provide each not only residence but also proper maintenance. Thus, a Muslim woman is better off than the “second Hindu wife”.....

 

Pakistan Must Visualise Itself as a Pragmatic Territorial State While Focusing On Security of Its People
Husain Haqqani

That, distinctions still exists between terrorists who attack abroad and those who strike at home was confirmed by the Islamabad High Court’s decision to set free Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11. Although the Pakistan government moved to continue Lakhvi’s detention, the court’s argument for setting him free was disingenuous....

 

While Urdu's script resembles that of Arabic and Farsi, a lot of words are similar to Hindi. That remains its core strength. "Urdu has some inner fortitude that has led to it being around. It lives because the language can be understood and is similar to Hindi. The script has more or less ceased to be readable, but the popularity of its literature has not dimmed,"....

 
Iran Not Likely To Mend Its Ways
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iran Not Likely To Mend Its Ways
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

As the US-Iranian talks near the announced deadline, the question is no longer about nukes. It is about the Iranian regime itself. Will it become moderate after reaching a deal? Will suspicions end by a deal that lifts sanctions and turns Iran into a West-friendly country open to the world? Or will it only free an extremist lion from its cage?....

 


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