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.
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
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
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. …
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.
…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?
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.
To sum up, Narendra Modi is a godsend to Pakistan. More power to Hindutva, more power to the saffron Nazism of the RSS, the spiritual fountainhead before which the Indian prime minister bows. If we master our internal weaknesses, expand the sphere of enlightenment and tolerance, there is nothing that we have to fear from any other quarter.
Naeem Akhtar, Minister for Education, J&K
Earlier, the program started with a theme
presentation by Prof Naseem Ahmad Shah, who also moderated the session. It was
followed by Ali Zahiri Tousi’s Sufism and its Cultural Manifestations, Sultan
Shahin’s India and its Vibrant Sufi Connect and Prof Hameed Naseem
Rafiabadi’s How do we Preserve and
Promote the Values Enshrined in Reshi-Sufi way.
Pakistan’s nuclear program threatens the world, not just India
By Shyam Saran
Towards an honourable exit for all
By Vijay Prashad
A tale of two biryanis
By Serish Nanisetti
Compiled by New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Call it a diarchy – two strands of influence and decision-making – but it is working. Left to himself, Nawaz Sharif would have found it hard to resist the temptation of charging at windmills, this being his old, virtually uncontrollable propensity. He is being kept in check by the army. But the army is also being kept in check by democracy.
Tactical nukes will not make Pakistan more secure. This dangerous programme should be immediately abandoned. Nukes may win a battle for us but at the cost of losing Pakistan. Instead our security lies in ensuring that Pakistan’s territory is not used for launching terror attacks upon our neighbours. ...
In Karachi’s Jogi Morr in Qayyumabad there are slums where human beings live in excrement. The slum is worse than usual because the inhabitants are Hindus. It has been home to 4,000 Marwari-Gujaratis for the last 60 years. They must have moved to Karachi from the desert, their original home. Their leader, Krishan Bhandari, says the locality gets no water or electricity for days. “Our children left school because they don’t have identity cards as Hindus,....
I was going through The New York Times (NYT) on 18 October, and there it was on the front page: “Indian writers spurn awards as violence flares”. A long report, with a photograph, on recent happenings in India, accompanied by a second item profiling the writers and their work. It was reported in detail and unambiguously specified where the blame lay.
Syed Kamran Hashmi
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan upheld the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a hero in the eyes of many religious zealots, who killed the then governor Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, while serving as a member of the police elite force appointed to protect him in 2011. Taseer was an outspoken critic of the blasphemy law.
Syed Ata Hasnain
Sartaj Aziz, the suave and experienced diplomat who is Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and NSA, all rolled in one, is expected to make way in the appointment of NSA to Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua who has just superannuated after the command of 12 Corps, Quetta. He also wore the second hat of the Commander of Pakistan’s Southern Command, the most awkward of command and control arrangements which characterize Pakistan’s faction and ego ridden Army.
For starters, Pakistan's "truth" on Kashmir is absolutely majoritarian. The "Dushman Hindustan" (Nemesis India) narrative is the national gospel and any political rhetoric wrapped around the "Kashmir banega Pakistan" (Pakistan will conquer Kashmir) chant preaches to packed crowds.
The U.S.-Pakistan nuclear tango in the 1980s took place during the Cold War. Today, India-U.S. relations are qualitatively different and successive leaders in both countries have contributed to realising the potential of the newfound strategic partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone out of his way to build a personal rapport with President Obama, reflected in the frequent summit-level interactions.
What is it like to live under segregation? I prefer that word to “ghettoization” because overuse has desensitized us to this second word. We no longer pause when we see “ghettoization” and reflect on what it means. It means a community that we have shunned and rejected as being unequal and unfit to reside with us.
On a Wednesday night in Mumbai, a young boy and his family from Karachi found themselves sleeping on the pavements because no hotel in town would allow them entry. My colleague, Mateen Hafeez, a tenacious crime reporter with a pulse on Mumbai’s grimy underbelly, wrote of how this family was denied entry to a dozen lodges and hotels because they were Pakistani....
I spent the
duration of the election shuttling between its crucible, in Eastern Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar, and the drawing rooms of Delhi, where the political elite of
the city, a cozy cabal of like-minded journalists and politicians, quaked at
the rise of Mr. Modi. I had grown up in this world, and it was one in which
class mattered much more than political difference. Nor was its cynicism
confined to any one party. I remember being present when the son of a B.J.P.
chief minister, a woman now in trouble over corruption, was asked why he wanted
to enter politics. “Money,” he said easily, and no one minded. That was the
kind of world it was. Mr. Modi posed a mortal threat to the safety and
entitlement of this world, ....
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sweet homily to the nation over the lynching of a Muslim in Dadri amounts to nothing more than preaching to the converted. That too reluctantly so, after 10 days of cajoling from innumerable quarters urging the country’s prime communicator to break his silence, and a day after President Pranab Mukherjee felt compelled to speak up and remind us of our “core civilisational values”.
Laws banning beef are not new to India, but new beef-ban laws are to India what the obnoxious blasphemy law is to Pakistan. Human beings are killed in Pakistan in the name of the holy Prophet. In India, they are lynched in the name of the holy cow.
Russia joins Syria war: What it means in the West Asian roulette
By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Beef-eating not a virtue for Muslims
By Zafar Sareshwala
SYRIA’S GOOD REBELS AND BAD TERRORISTS
By Gwynne Dyer
RESPONDING TO A GLOBAL CRISIS
By APS Chauhan
Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau
Recently, Indian Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma stoked controversy by opining that former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam was “a great nationalist despite being a Muslim”.