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....Sarojini Naidu wrote in 1917: It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for in the mosque, when the azan is sounded and the worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and the king kneel side by side and proclaim, “God alone is great.” I have been struck over again by the indivisible unity of Islam that makes a man instinctively a brother. When you meet an Egyptian, an Algerian, an Indian and a Turk in London, what matters that Egypt was the Motherland of one and India the Motherland of another...


How Pakistan Is Trying To Rewrite the History of Its Sufi Shrines to Wipe Traces of Indian Links
Haroon Khalid

The official charter of the department drafted by Javed Iqbal, the son of politician-poet Allama Iqbal, claims its agenda is to discredit the “superstitious” beliefs of these shrines and reinterpret them in a “modernist” light. In practice this, translates into aligning the diverse religious traditions of these distinct shrines with the state’s interpretation of the official religion of Islam....


Pantomime of War: Cricket Is Supposed To Unite, Not Divide, If You Want To Go On Playing
Khaled Ahmed

Oddly, India has never been more “united” than now under a ruling party that has a clear majority in Parliament, but this unity is bothering communities being made to stand outside it. This is very much like what Pakistan has made of itself. Politically it is so divided that it has become uncertain about where it wants to go. Cricket unites it but in the negative sense: It wants to challenge India or respond aggressively to its punitive policies. Cricket is supposed to unite, not divide, if you want to go on playing....


A Shake-Up in Riyadh: The Tasks Facing the New Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia matters immensely, both as a swing producer of oil and as the birthplace of Islam. It has avoided the bloody upheaval that has rocked the Arab world of late, but its stability is far from assured. So reform is urgent. MBS should share some power with modernising princes, while checking the excesses of religious reactionaries and the sprawling royal family. He should relax strict social controls, particularly on women, and encourage more debate and dissent.....


Balochistan: The Chinese Chequered
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

The complex, multilayered, seemingly never-ending security crisis in Balochistan appears more dangerous with the entry of Daesh onto the scene. Balochistan has been under attack by separatists, insurgents, and Islamist terrorists for over a decade and the situation can only worsen with Daesh's entry. The Government, however, continues to deny Daesh's existence in the Province and, most recently, on June 13, 2017...


Why Nawaz Sharif Kept So Quiet At the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh
Khaled Ahmed

The opposition wanted him to make the speech and thus fall on his sword. Clueless TV anchors were “drunk with the wine of nation worship”, as they say in Urdu, and misunderstood the Summit. Had Sharif spoken to please the Saudis, he would have offended not only Iran, but also Qatar, which the Saudis proceeded to oust from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as punishment for favouring Iran....

Peace Is an Offering, Celebration of Multi-Culturalism
Ranjani Rajendra and Deepa Alexander

Men in skull caps are busy setting bowls of piping hot kanji in neat rows on the floor for Muslims who worship at this mosque to break their Roza at the end of a day-long Ramzan fast. On the shirts of these volunteers are badges that read ‘Sufidar Khadim Ramzan Ul-Mubarak’. At the head of the steps are rows and rows of colourful buckets with rose milk, Rumani mangoes, bananas, dates, Pulao, pickle, and water packets, ready to be served to the Taqiyah-wearing men who have just begun trickling in for Iftar and Maghrib prayers....


In An Age of Beef Killings and Human Shields, Speaking Up Is an Act of Courage
Namita Bhandare

The head of an online travel business says he’d rather not be a Hindu if ‘Hinduism takes away right to choice of food’, and there’s a call on social media to boycott his business. An actor speaks of his wife’s fear of rising intolerance, and this is followed by a withdrawal of advertising endorsements. Speaking up has consequences and, so, in the din of divisive discourse that makes way for majoritarian force, the solitary voice is now hard to hear….

Erdogan's Travelling Goon Squad
Burak Bekdil

CNN's Marc Randazza, after mentioning video footage showing Erdogan speaking to the black-suited agents before they rushed the protesters, said, "It was brutal -- with the agents punching protesters and kicking them while they were on the ground.... The word outrage," he wrote, "does not come close to describing this incident." ....


What Indian Muslims Have Learnt: Education Is Empowerment - Part Two
Prashant Jha

At a time when Indian Muslims are disturbed at what they see around them, at a time when they are introspecting about political choices, there is a third simultaneous trend visible in the community - a desire to convert the crisis into an opportunity by focusing on internal reform. The unanimous refrain, across North India, among older and younger Muslims, among men and women, among middle class and poor, and among urban and rural Muslims, is that the only way to do this is through a single-minded focus on education....


Modi, Rahul or Owaisi? Indian Muslims Consider Their Political Options - Part One


Azadi Means Many Things
Naseer Ganai

The Jamaat-e-Islami too distanced itself from militancy and ousted Geelani. A miffed Geelani floated his own party, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Even so, analysts say the moderates, pro-Azadi parties like JKLF and hardliners like Geelani share the core of their political philosophy: that the international community should int­ervene to resolve the Kashmir dispute. Geelani calls the struggle Islamic and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat believes in a welfare state on the pattern of Khilafat, but even he maintains the UN resolutions are the bedrock of the struggle.....


Jammu and Kashmir: Turbulence by Design
Ajit Kumar Singh

For the time being SFs have done their bit in restoring the law and order in the State, as expected, despite tremendous odds - both at the operational and at the political leadership level. Sustaining such improvement, however, lies entirely in the hands of the political class, both at the Centre and in the State. Unfortunately, there is little evidence of the necessary political sagacity needed to bring J&K out of its orchestrated turbulence...


Observing the United States in turmoil over the Trump presidency, Putin could not prevent himself from making the following barbed comment over the recent allegation that Trump had revealed classified intelligence to visiting Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov: We see that the United States has been developing political schizophrenia, this is the only thing I can think of when I hear allegations saying that the president has revealed some secrets to Lavrov...


Palestine Issue Poses Important Challenge for Delhi
Talmiz Ahmad

Palestinians’ struggle for full-fledged statehood is a cause dear to most states of the world and millions of people globally. India has the proud record of supporting the Palestinian cause from the time it itself became a free nation. India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.” A PLO office was set up in the Indian capital in 1975, and full diplomatic ties were established in 1980....

Sinners and Criminals: When Religion Is Supreme, Justice Can Go Wrong
Khaled Ahmed

There are other Islamic punishments (Hudood) inserted into the penal code that lump sin (done privately) together with crime committed publicly. The result has been that — despite instructions to the contrary — the police rank and file nabs “sinners” (drunks, dating couples, etc) rather than armed criminals. Were the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, alive today he would have to leave Pakistan after failing the catechism of Article 62....


Over to the Vigilante: By Letting Vigilantes Harass the Minorities Openly, They Keep Majoritarian Feelings Satisfied
Christophe Jaffrelot

Last but not least, the fact that the vigilantes “do the job” is very convenient for the rulers. The state is not guilty of violence since this violence is allegedly spontaneous and if the followers of Hinduism are taking the law into their hands, it is for a good reason — for defending their religion. The moral and political economies of this arrangement are even more sophisticated: The state cannot harass the minorities openly, but by letting vigilantes do so, it keeps majoritarian feelings satisfied....

‘Rot at the Core’: Blasphemy Verdict in Indonesia Dismays Legal Experts
Joe Cochrane

Legal experts noted that the verdict seemed to be based more on public reaction to the governor’s comments than what he had actually said, in effect holding him accountable for the mass protests organized against him by hard-line Islamist groups....


India and Pakistan: It Is Important To Realise That Talking Is Imperative
Ayesha Siddiqa

Historically, every time both India and Pakistan attained higher degrees of self-confidence, the results were not good. These are indeed interesting times when military thresholds are being re-checked in a nuclear environment. Given the absence of direct conversation, there is also little clarity as to how far the two sides will go. The Pakistan Army has stated that it is not involved in mutilating bodies of Indian soldiers. But even if it is random militants, or someone else to blame, the question is finding a possibility to talk before things go too far out of hand....


Our Own Animal Farm: Cow Vigilantism Is A Tragedy in Many Parts — A Rousing, A Lynching, A Reflection of Change
Pamela Philipose

The concept behind ‘New India’ is that EPI should replace VIP. EPI means Every Person is Important. We should accept the importance of 125 crore Indians.” Thus spoke Prime Minister Narendra Modi. EPI is a compelling formulation and because it sounds like a statement of conviction, not just intent, it needs to be used as an index to measure the importance of every Indian as they go about their normal lives, plying a trade, commuting, cooking, eating.....


The Crucial Role of Islam in the French Election
Juan Cole

Muslims and Islam played an outsized role in the French election, both as objects of political discourse and as actors in their own right. It can easily be forgotten that this was the first French election held under a state of emergency, and that basic civil liberties are suspended. Even mainstream politicians have begun darkly speaking of the “problem” of Islam in France.....


India-Turkey Relations: Turkish Delight Turned Sour
Rakesh Sood

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s state visit to India last week was expected to open a new page in bilateral relations, which have traditionally alternated between formal and lukewarm, at best. The reason is simple. On issues of mutual concern, both countries have displayed a lack of sensitivity....


War and Its Ugly Face
Kuldip Nayar

I wish the establishments in both the countries consider the ceasefire line sacred. This has been converted into the LoC through the Shimla Agreement. The then Pakistan Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, hailed it as the “line of peace” in an interview to me. And it has been seldom violated for the last three decades. Blood at the border has unnecessarily disturbed the status quo. Soon the two sides should realize that some agreement is necessary....


The Long Arc to Ankara
Harsh V. Pant

As a major regional power in West Asia, Turkey cannot be ignored by India. But New Delhi is no longer content to allow Ankara to define the contours of this relationship. It is signalling that if Turkey wants to reach out to India, then Indian sensitivities on core issues have to be respected. Otherwise, India too is not short of options....


Middle class India is understandably shaken by the growing numbers of mob assaults. But simply worrying about the phenomenon will not lead us anywhere. There is a need to speak up so that a lynch mob is not formed in the first place, and mob violence is not normalised. Simultaneously, one must fight for better-trained and better-equipped police forces, more judges and more courts so that the people’s faith in the rule of law is restored....


Erdogan’s Engagement with India
Talmiz Ahmad

For some time now, some in the international media have seen Erdogan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as kindred spirits. Both had their baptism in religion-based politics, Modi in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Erdogan in the now-banned Islamist party, Refah Partisi or Welfare Party....

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