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Lynching to Power
Irfan Engineer

Lynching to Power
Irfan Engineer

Resisting lynch mobs and speaking against them is not only in the interest of minorities directly threatened but also in the interest of society in general and democracy in particular. The majority will have to break their silence and be vocal against all forms of violence....

 

Inside The Muslim Mind: The Deepening Sense of Otherness among the Minority Community
Saurabh Banerjee

"Now, you have broadly two categories of Muslims. One, the more educated, cosmopolitan Muslim. This category is angry, but hopeful. They know India is much more than this (bitter, fragile, divisive). So they are hopeful too. And on the other, you have the insular section. What they are feeling now is despair. They are vulnerable." And this is potentially dangerous, he says....

 

The Modernization of Middle East is a Sight to See
Amir Taheri

The late Ayatollah Khomeini's discourse owed more to Lenin and Stalin than to the great Muslim philosophers and theologians of ages. Iran became modernized when Khomeini organized the execution of at least 4,000 people in a weekend, something even the bloodthirsty Agha Muhammad Khan Qajar never imagined doing. Syria became modern when Hafez Al-Assad killed 20,000 people in Hama, something no Umayyad Caliph would imagine doing....

 

Israel’s Secret Arab Allies
Neri Zilber

The region’s wars show no sign of abating in the near future. At the very least, Israel is no longer viewed as the central problem plaguing the Middle East. For this reason, Mr. Trump urged the Arab states to “recognize the vital role of the state of Israel” in the region’s affairs. Absent significant movement on the Palestinian front, this new Israeli role isn’t likely to bring a full and public normalization of relations or an end to the region’s conflict....

 

Seeds of A Million Tyrannies
Praveen Swami

For their followers, largely semi-employed or unemployed lumpen youth, this is a welcome opportunity to engage in violence — an activity that gives masculine agency and meaning that their everyday lives hold out no prospect of. These young people see themselves as crusaders for a utopian new world, spilling blood to excise evil from the body of civil society. For them, savagery is also a kind of narcotic high, a means of extracting respect from a world that otherwise despises them....

It’s Time to Step in, Rein in Lynch Mobs
Antara Dev Sen

It’s the “Because I Can” age. It’s cool to be able to do what you want, and not pay for it. There is no accountability. And no need for truth. You can say and do anything at all. So every day you hear of lynchings somewhere or the other, usually Muslims or Dalits killed on a whim by Hindu goons. Amazing how we have been sprouting Hindu goons everywhere — in villages and cities, on highways and trains, in and around the nation’s capital. ...

The Saga of Raymond Davis
Khaled Ahmed

“Davis wasn’t just another paper-shuffling American diplomat. His work in Pakistan was much darker, and it involved probing an exposed nerve in the already-hypersensitive relationship between the CIA and Pakistan’s military intelligence service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI… Ever since the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked Mumbai, India, in November 2008… ...

 

Declassified US cables revealed that CIA operatives watched almost live as the massacre took place. All US partners were immediately informed, but no attempt was made to deter the killers, or rescue the victims. On July 14th, the UN Security Council said it feared “grave mistreatment and killing of innocent civilians,” among mentioning that it had received reports of 4,000 men and boys gone missing, but nothing was done....

 

Ancient Civilisation or Primitive Society?
Salil Desai

For we never ask ourselves that if our 5,000-year-old civilisational values and culture were so formidable and fantastic, why have we still remained a poor, backward and primitive country in many ways? Right from millions of people who still defecate in the open to mob-lynching in the name of religion or caste or Gau-Raksha, why are primitive practices and impulses, rampant in our country even in 2017?....

Right and the Not-So-Right of Lynchings and Hatred Wrecking India: Political Culture Defining Brand of Malice
Tufail Ahmad

Political cultures nourish hatred - which political culture you belong to defines your brand of hatred. Most Indians are peaceful, but peace doesn't matter. What is consequential is the lynch mob — and Indian State, ceding space to the lynch mobs.....

Let me point out the examples of “liberal” states like Kerala and in the North East. Kerala has a history of this so called inclusiveness- a state where all 3 major religions- Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are on a more even footing and where you have ministers refusing to light lamps at functions because it is not in consonance with their religious beliefs. And where Christmas and Id are as big for the state and the institutions and the general populace like Onam and Vishu.....

 

The Organising Principle of Lynch Mobs: The Executors of Violence Know That Strong-Arm Tactics Send Powerful Signals of Who Belongs and Who Does Not
Neera Chandhoke

In 1947, India was partitioned into two countries. In the 21st century, Indian society seems to be fated to undergo another sort of partition, spatial segregation born out of fear. The right to life has lost meaning in an India where vigilante groups rule who will be targeted and how....

Why Are Muslims in India More Anxious Than Ever Before
Vir Sanghvi

All this makes Muslims uncomfortable. Some Muslims wonder if this is just the beginning. With the public mood so ugly and the discourse poisoned beyond belief, will the attacks now move closer home? Will the focus shift from beef and talaq to the very patriotism of Indian Muslims? Perhaps these fears are groundless. Perhaps things will die down. But to ignore the concerns of our single largest minority would be a mistake: India is built on the belief that we are all equal....

The Next War: Who’s Behind the Escalation in Gaza?
Ramzy Baroud

The Gaza story is taking a sinister twist. The Israeli siege has been imposed on the Gaza Strip for over ten years. The 2 million people living in the small coastal enclave have suffered not only a lack of food and medicine, but also several deadly wars and almost complete Arab and international neglect....

 

An Open Letter to Netanyahu Haven’t Fifty Years Been Enough?
Dr Alon Ben-Meir

I wonder, Mr Netanyahu, what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? To reap the real fruits of the Six Day War is to make peace. Nothing short of peace will make the Six Day War a triumph, because the war is continuing. You, more than any other human living in Israel, will be responsible and accountable to the next generation who will be asking, why? Why must we live in a prison of our own creation when the state of Israel was created to liberate us?...

 

Will The Middle East Map Change Again?
Murat Yetkin

Today, there are many conspiracy theories circulating about the possibility of a new wave of map changes in the Middle East. And when people talk about a map change, the possibility of an independent Kurdish state is always debated. There have been a number of developments in the last 15 years that strengthen this thesis....

 

Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation
Dr Ramzy Baroud

Between Israel’s dismissal of international calls to end the siege and Palestinians’ pathetic power game, Gazans are left alone, unable to move freely or live even according to the lowest acceptable living standards. Fatima, a 52-old mother from Rafah, told me that she tried to kill herself a few days ago, if it were not for her children wrestling the knife away. When I told Fatima that she has so much to live for, she chuckled and said nothing....

 

The Debate over the Future of Muslim Politics
Ali Khan Mahmudabad

However, a recent statement by the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, a body of 16 Muslim organisations that seeks to transcend the various sectarian divides within the community, stated clearly that Indian Muslims “are in the grip of fear.” And in Urdu newspapers and other largely Muslim forums, a number of prominent figures from the community have been holding forth on the political future of Muslims in India....

Duterte Thinks He Can Bomb Islamists into Submission, He Cannot
Zachary Abuza

But the decision to radically shrink the mission coincided with both the resurgence of Abu Sayyaf — a small group of Muslim militants best known for its campaign of kidnappings, which rebranded itself then by declaring allegiance to the Islamic State — and the spread, in the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, of new radical Islamist groups. Today, at least six groups in the southern Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State....

 

Kurd Independence Referendum
Arif Taj

Iran has an immense influence in Iraq over its Shia population and militants in the region and Turkey close ties with various factions of the ISIS. Barzani’s bid for independence may turn out to be a battlefield among Kurds themselves and the neighbours— another theatre of proxy war in the Middle East after Syria....

 

It seems that ‘all is fair’ therefore in the love of winning a war for one's agendas, even if it means flaunting in the name of their religion. The phrase ‘all is fair in love and war’ was used in the novel the “Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit”. It could be taken as a satirical statement if one so wishes to demonstrate that when infatuation takes hold, a person loses all faculties of reason and balance of judgement. Such seems to be the case in most Muslim countries where religious passion—infatuation with religion-- has sapped faculties of reason of people who as followers of edicts of so called religious masters carry out their programs, robot fashion in submission....

Facts Don't Back the Argument That Most Indian Muslims Wanted Partition
Rupa Subramanya

There's a peculiar cognitive dissonance among those who argue correctly that the Nehru-led Congress was an elite party operating under a system of limited franchise before 1947 but refuse to accept that absolutely the same logic applies to Jinnah and the Muslim League during this period. You can't say that Nehru was an elite leader and Jinnah had mass support, when both were operating in exactly the same political system before partition....

 

Orwell Casts His Shadow on Istanbul’s Culture Scene
Nazlan Ertan

The exhibition does not seek to duplicate Orwell’s concept of doublethink, where the state denies the individual the right to his own thoughts. On the contrary, Moscow conceptualists such as Pavel Pepperstein, who have inspired this exhibition, flip the concept of doublethink back to the state. For them, doublethink is a form of resistance to what the state imposes and a beginning where the artists can freely play with text and image. “You probably think of doublethink as a negative concept. We in Russia think of it as just the beginning,”....

 

Why General Rawat and Major Gogoi are Wrong about Kashmir
Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

While the section of the media which supported major Gogoi was doing so for obvious ideological reasons having thrown to the wind the cautious journalistic ideal of speaking truth to power, those who were mildly critical of major Gogoi’s action were the more interesting of the two. This later section of the media portrayed the entire incident as an exception rather than a rule and that in doing so this major had erred and deviated from the norm followed by the Indian army. ...

The Gulf Widens: The War Would Engulf Not Just the Entire Middle East but South Asia
Ayesha Siddiqa

A war would cripple the Islamic world as Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies would fight with the help of Egypt and Pakistan against a Qatari-Turkish military contingent. Turkey is displeased with the UAE for its alleged financing of the failed military rebellion in 2016. It has already dispatched 3000 troops for Qatar’s defence....

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