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Reverence for the Holy Book

Reverence for the Holy Book

Are the Americans really that dumb? I mean after spending 11 years in the world’s most dangerous battlefield and dealing
Modi’s Gujarat defies Gandhi’s India

Modi’s Gujarat defies Gandhi’s India

The past is never dead, wrote William Faulkner, in fact it’s not even past. The past lives on and smoulders in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. Ten years after the worst communal massacre in the 21st...
Israel, India and the Persian Puzzle

Israel, India and the Persian Puzzle

This is perhaps what the expression ‘setting the cat among the pigeons’ means.  Just when Israel was putting up that little show,  going around the world crying...
Video Games Demonising Our Children!

Video Games Demonising Our Children!

Can you really call them games, the kind my son loves to play all the time? And despite being a pacifist by nature and sweet as an angel, he seems to relish playing those violent video games on his...
Dance of Death in Damascus

Dance of Death in Damascus

  When the history of these interesting times is written, the people of Syria will perhaps take their place right at the top.  Of course, the courage and leadership demonstrated by the people...
Let Dr Chishty Go Home

Let Dr Chishty Go Home

The tragedy is, it is not just the plight of one individual. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Dr Chishties on both sides of the border..
Springtime in the Middle East

Springtime in the Middle East

This is springtime in the Middle East once again.  And I haven’t seen such glorious, reinvigorating weather during my nearly decade of living in the region.  This year appears to be really...
How About No Automobiles?

How About No Automobiles?

  Bicycles, bicycles, and more bicycles. That’s the first thing you notice after landing in Copenhagen. Driving from the airport into the city, one is amazed at the sheer number of bicycles on...
Fighting Phantoms in India

Fighting Phantoms in India

When I first heard of Salman Rushdie I was at university. The Satanic Verses had set off a perfect storm in India and around the world. The book was banned in India following fiery protests by...
India’s Muslim Quota Conundrum

India’s Muslim Quota Conundrum

The more things change for India’s Muslims, the more they remain the same. Come elections and political parties invent ever new ways of wooing, using and exploiting them to reap their periodic...
Liberated by the Web

Liberated by the Web

The Net is a great leveller and is fast challenging the powers that be and bridging the divide between the haves and have-nots...
There Won’t Be Another Dev Anand

There Won’t Be Another Dev Anand

Most of the movies Dev Anand is remembered for today ,had been made before I was born. Yet each one of them remains a personal favourite despite the fact that nearly all of them were in black and...
What has happened to the muslims’ thirst for knowledge?

What has happened to the muslims’ thirst for knowledge?

There was a time when a burning hunger for knowledge and new ideas consumed the Muslim lands.Governments actively encouraged...
The Magic of Cricket Returns to Sharjah!

The Magic of Cricket Returns to Sharjah!

What’s it about Sharjah that turned a regulation cricket match into an endless carnival? This Sunday, when Shahid Afridi, celebrating his haul of five wickets and a sensational win over Sri Lanka...