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The ‘Shahi Imams’ Of India

The ‘Shahi Imams’ Of India

Nov 26, 2014

While the ‘Shahi’ Imam of the Jama Masjid in Delhi has been much in the news lately, he is not alone—there are atleast three others with similar ‘Shahi’ delusions.

Be Crazy With God...

Be Crazy With God...

Dec 27, 2012

If in the process of discovering his or her place within the greater scheme of things, an individual human being appears to be imprudent—nay, impudent—vis-à-vis God, so be it. It could be all for the good.

Will Justice Katju Please Take Note?

Will Justice Katju Please Take Note?

Aug 20, 2012

How a Delhi Urdu paper used the Chinese earthquake photos of 2010 and spread hatred against Tibetans and Buddhists

The Maulana Who Loved Krishna

The Maulana Who Loved Krishna

Jan 12, 2012

Hasrat Mohani was not just a maverick when it came to publicly championing the radical thinking of Tilak. He also wrote verses expressing deep love for Krishna, and often went to Mathura to celebrate Janmashtami.

The Deadening Silence Of Good Intentions

The Deadening Silence Of Good Intentions

Nov 18, 2011

Closed gates; zipped lips. What happens when an exhibition on the Quran opens in New Delhi.

A Musafir To London

A Musafir To London

Oct 17, 2011

Today marks the 194th birthday of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. In 1869, he travelled with his two sons to England, from where he sent dispatches about his experiences for publication in India. Those dispatches reveal a man that is now little written about

In The Name Of Defending Islam

In The Name Of Defending Islam

Jul 22, 2011

Under the usual cover of 'Islam is in Danger', a pernicious campaign seems to be getting mounted against the Ahmadis in Hyderabad.

Learn From Pakistan

Learn From Pakistan

Apr 26, 2011

A rapidly increasing coarseness of feeling and language against Ahmadis does not bode well for Indian Muslims in particular, and for India, in general.

Berlin Diary

Berlin Diary

Dec 17, 2010

It seems that the ‘Chapati Conspiracy’ of 1857 was in fact a ‘Poori Plot’. Pooris do make better strategic sense.

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A "Browning" Of Islam In America?

Sep 10, 2010

In all the discussions about the proposed Islamic Centre in New York, the oldest group of American Muslims has become invisible. Why?

A Dissent

A Dissent

Sep 03, 2010

'Please, the point has been made. Now show some good sense. Do something truly peaceable: build your 'Cordoba Institute' some place else'

Anti-Ahmadism In India

Anti-Ahmadism In India

Aug 31, 2010

Indians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, must learn from the sectarian developments in Pakistan, and make every effort to stop any expression of sectarian prejudice in public contexts

Fatwa No More

Fatwa No More

Jul 13, 2010

Let us ignore all fatwas—at least for one year. Let us allow some breathing space to those who can’t live without a fatwa, as well as to those who perforce must meet that need.

A Lament For Lahore

A Lament For Lahore

Jul 03, 2010

May its lights always shine!

A Killing In Ferozewala

A Killing In Ferozewala

Jun 03, 2010

I first read the news on January 6: “Ahmadi leader shot dead in Ferozewala,” and “Victim’s son claims police took no action despite being intimated about threats”...

Spinning The Conspiracy Wheel

Spinning The Conspiracy Wheel

May 31, 2010

American newspapers have superb "spin masters"; Pakistani Urdu press excels in "conspiracy theorists" -- as was evidenced in the coverage of the attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore

Let It All Hang Out—In Urdu!

Let It All Hang Out—In Urdu!

May 28, 2010

A fascinating two-facedness seems to prevail when it comes to the English and Urdu print media in Pakistan

Forgotten Victims Of Great Games

Forgotten Victims Of Great Games

Mar 12, 2010

They would have called themselves Katis, but the Muslims surrounding them had for centuries called them Kafirs - infidels - and their land, thus came to be known as Kafiristan

Erasing “Allah” In Churches And Mosques 

Erasing “Allah” In Churches And Mosques 

Jan 15, 2010

The controversy in Malaysia shows the arrogance and ignorance that often underlie fanaticism. But it is also heartening to discover the strength of Malaysia’s public sphere.

Pseudo-Scholarship

Pseudo-Scholarship

Sep 11, 2009

Jaswant Singh's controversial book on Jinnah has nothing new to offer, except some rare photographs. It is significant only because it rudely and perhaps unexpectedly exposed the tussles within the top ranks of the BJP leadership.

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

Aug 26, 2009

The recent case of plagiarism is only symptomatic of the truly serious issue: the utterly cynical and self-serving attitude of a great many people who walk the corridors of power in New Delhi, wearing cloaks labelled 'Culture' And 'Education'

In A La-La Land

In A La-La Land

Aug 11, 2009

Some of the most popular Urdu Columnists in Pakistan seem to function in a world of their own creation—it challenges rational thinking.  

Plagiarize And Prosper

Plagiarize And Prosper

Jul 24, 2009

Dr. Gopi Chand Narang, Professor Emeritus, Delhi University, former President of the Sahitya Akademi and the recipient of two “Padma” awards, stands accused of massive plagiarism in his award-winning book.

Islamic 'Adl In Orakzai

Islamic 'Adl In Orakzai

Apr 23, 2009

The Nizam-e-Adl [Justice] Regulation was signed on April 15, formally enforcing what some call sharia laws in Swat. The same day came the news of the Sikh community living in Orakzai Agency being asked to pay jizia by the Taliban...

Two Days In Palestine

Two Days In Palestine

Apr 22, 2009

Who was perpetrating 'terror' in the Occupied Territories twenty years ago -- when there was no PLO there, not to mention Hamas? An account of 'normal life' in Palestine in 1989.

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