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SINGAPORE: Singapore President S. R. Nathan on Tuesday conferred on the former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, an honorary degree of engineering at a solemn convocation at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) here.

 

What is jihad?  From an India-Pakistan perspective, few people can answer this question better than Pakistani-American writer and Mary Richardson professor of history at Tufts University, Ayesha Jalal. Her latest book, Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia (2008), puts this core concept of Islam in perspective for the subcontinental audience. Jalal began her India tour last week with a talk on the subject at New Delhi’s India International Centre. By Zia Haq, Hindustan Times

 

Raising his voice amidst interruptions, Omar said: “ I am a Muslim, and I am an Indian, I see no distinction between the two……. I see no reason why, I as a Muslim, have to fear a deal (nuclear) between India and the United States……….. This deal is between two countries”. He then elaborated the point, saying the enemies of Indian Muslims are not Americans, and the enemies of the Indian Muslims are not “deals” like this.

ROKKIAH MALIK’S carefree teenage days ended years ago, when she and some friends accidentally ended up watching an adults-only Malayalam movie in the local cinema hall. She was stopped from going to school and couldn’t even step outside her home. Not many people, especially a teenage girl full of zest for life, could have endured that kind of ‘punishment’, writes M. C. Rajan in Chennai.

 

Saddam Hussein's survival instincts were not dulled by prison, according to one Iraqi judge who faced the former president in a courtroom and recalls his cunning and rhetorical posturing.

 "Are you an American or a foreign judge?" Raid Juhi Hamadi al-Saedi remembered Hussein quizzing him during a pre-trial hearing in July 2004.

 The youthful judge was unfazed by the self-styled Sword of the Arabs.

Nora Boustany of the Washington Post Foreign Service profiles the Iraqi Judge.

 

That the book has won such an overwhelming mandate flies in the face of all assumptions about what people like to read. As a fully paid-up member of the Salman Rushdie fan club I am, of course, delighted at the latest triumph of Midnight’s Children which, last week, was voted as the best of all Booker prize-winning books of the past 40 years in a global readers’ poll. But I am also a little surprised that a novel which, like Ulysses, has been more talked about and discussed than actually read should have proved such a hit with the public in a day and age when nobody, we are told, has time for “serious” literature, writes Hasan Suroor in The Hindu, New Delhi.

 

BRITISH author Salman Rushdie won the Best of the Booker prize on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and the Indianborn writer was hot favourite to take the award decided by the public from ashortlist of six in an online poll. The 61- year- old, whose 1988 novel The Satanic Verses outraged many Muslims and prompted death threats against him, also won the 25th anniversary Booker prize in 1993. “Ithink it was an extraordinary shortlist and it was an honour to be on it,” Rushdie said in arecorded message from the US, where he is on a book tour.

 
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