Farook’s killing at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) is another sacrifice at the altar
of religious bigotry. Indian sub-continent is becoming the most dangerous zone
in the world for scientific minded persons who naturally become atheist. Farook
died for a cause and killers who claim that their truth is inalienable prove to
be the worst cowards. It seems killer had no arguments/facts to counter
Farook’s questions. BTW, did Farook and his thought take birth and develop
without God’s consent?....
are unaware that Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and
member of his national security council, is not only the most powerful person
in the White House today but he is also a great admirer of the Bhagavad Gita.
Bannon is militarily inclined and believes in waging a holy war against Islam
“to establish dharma in the world”. His long-time collaborator Julia Jones
says, “He used to talk a lot about dharma — he felt very strongly about dharma…
one of the strongest principles throughout the Gita.”...
clearing the decks for his triumphant return to Pakistan by re-establishing his
anti-India credentials. He did this on TV by praising the boss of
Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, currently kept under wraps by Pakistan because of
his global reputation as a terrorist. He said Saeed was a “strategic asset”
because he “never killed inside Pakistan” but reserved his terrorism for
India-administered Kashmir. He was less enthusiastic about Jaish-e-Muhammad and
its leader, Masood Azhar, because Azhar nearly killed him in 2003, when
Musharraf called off the jihad against India after negotiating peace with the
All analysts of
terrorism reiterate that it is not an ideology. Guns and bombs pose no
“existential” threat to a country or society. Politicians who exploit it to
engender fear are cynics with vested interests. Terrorism is a methodology of
conflict. There is no real defence against madmen who kill, though it’s worth
restating that London’s streets have probably never been safer places.....
In the attack
on Wednesday afternoon, a man drove a car along a pavement on Westminster
Bridge knocking down pedestrians, creating panic and leaving dozens injured. He
then ran towards Parliament where he stabbed PC Palmer who was unarmed. Armed
police then shot dead the attacker in the grounds. Mrs Frade worked at a London
sixth form college just a few hundred metres from Westminster Bridge....
It’s all rather
pathetic. There is actually precious little that the Indian secular state has
given the Muslim community except to ensure that they live for eternity in the
museum of stereotypes, most notably that of the clerics who mostly talk rubbish
when they showcase their views on television. The imagery of these men as “sole
spokespersons” only works to counter mobilise. The community has slipped on all
human development indices yet an entire mobilisation has thrived on the
argument that they are appeased. It’s true; the clerics have indeed been
appeased in a manner of speaking.....
We live today
in secular, sceptical, scientific times, when religion itself is regularly
branded irrelevant. So Luther, if considered at all, tends to be dismissed as
dour, distant and two-dimensional, better suited to the dusty pages of history
books than the 21st century. So much so that he is often confused with Martin
Luther King, whose continuing importance is much more readily understood....
incident, the Muzaffarnagar riots, the incidents around tanning, has undermined
Muslim confidence. Alienation, fear and silence are the result. It is this that
the BJP needs to address — something that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was able to
address and some believe that the Babri-tainted Rajnath Singh could address. Is
the BJP of Modi and Shah even keen to recognise the issue of genuine inclusion,
let alone address it?....
pretending to survive terrorism through literature festivals the ideological
state is hardly able to support without cringing. Yet, these are building loyal
followers in cities like terror-haunted Karachi, the madrasa-haunted Islamabad,
ever-conservative Lahore, with its memories of more pluralist days under the
Raj, and old Lyallpur, renamed Faisalabad after a Saudi king, which can’t
account for why it doesn’t have a bookshop, despite being the country’s
In contrast to
high-income countries, marriage decisions in Bangladesh take place in
conditions of extreme poverty and illiteracy. So legal provisions for marriage
under the age of 18 risks the possibility of increasing child marriage....
When it comes
to Kerala, political killings are nothing new to the CPM or the RSS. North
Kerala’s soil is soaked in the blood of innocent victims of this decades-old
ideological vendetta. It is no exaggeration to say that in those parts, leaders
from both sides encourage cadre to annihilate each other on a regular basis.
But this time when such a call came from the distant land of Madhya Pradesh,
not everyone thought it was appropriately timed. In fact, the call by a
misguided and emotionally charged RSS man to behead Kerala Chief Minister and
CPM strongman Pinarayi Vijayan came at a very inappropriate time....
A lot has been
written about the expulsion of Hindus from Bangladesh, from the Kashmir valley,
Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan, and so forth, but very little has been written
about the expulsion and killing – termed missing here – of the Hindus, and
Sikhs from regions of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir....
deadly, Zionist-promoted, warmongering, and civil rights-abusing terror
hysteria in US Alliance countries is the Awful Truth that deaths from Jihadi
terrorism in these countries is negligible compared to over 30 million Muslim deaths from
violence or imposed deprivation in the 21st century US War on Muslims. In the
21st century there have been 1,615 non-terrorism Israeli deaths from homicide
by Israelis, 164 Israeli deaths from terrorism in Israel....
we too will learn to respect people for what they are — humans — and fight for
their rights also, not just our own. Perhaps an Ahmadi, Hindu, Christian or
Parsi will be allowed to run for president of Pakistan or become the army
chief. Until that time, in moral terms, we cannot really protest where Trump
wants to take America.....
Last week, on
the campaign trail in Uttar Pradesh, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanded
cremation grounds (for Hindus), not just graveyards (for Muslims), electricity
not just for Ramzan but Diwali, when his party president Amit Shah declared
that only people of a certain community (Muslims, of course) were getting
laptops, I could not help but think of Hussain Haidry....
An explosion near a shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday killed at least 100 and wounded several dozens of people in the latest in a string of blasts this week, according to police. The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s Samaa television and Geo TV reported. According to reports, Islamic State’s Khorasan Province group claimed responsibility for the attack.,,,,
Blast At Pakistan Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Responsibility
At Least 70 Killed in Suicide Blast aT Pakistan’s Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Attack
Thomas L. Friedman
First you were tested by a rival — Russia — and utterly failed to
appreciate the corrosive impact on our democracy of your indulgence of Russia’s
hacking our election. And on Wednesday you’re going to be tested by a friend —
Israel — and its prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu. Can you appreciate the
corrosive impact on Israel’s democracy of what it’s now doing in the West Bank?
I ask because you may be the last man standing between Israel and a complete,
self-inflicted disaster for the Jewish state and the Jewish people....
Many students are focusing on universal human rights, international
law, and specific policies to get their messages across. Palestinians are
systematically denied their rights to travel, live in their homes, access
water, fair trials, and much more. What’s more, international community has
stated many times that building homes on occupied land is a violation of
international law. However, without an international governing body, Israel is
allowed to persist its settlement building and deny Palestinians their human
France in its modern history has worn out five monarchies, five
republics and 16 constitutions — and two of this year’s presidential hopefuls
are demanding a 17th. Its people are still more ready than most to go into the
streets. It was, and is, a country in which rhetoric and visions play a
prominent part in politics....
It is worth considering whether this recent clampdown on JuD can be
connected to pressures and sanctions being exerted on Pakistan from the United
States, as well as the change in military guard within our country, indicating
a possible shift in policies pertaining to the likes of Hafiz Saeed, and
attempts at civilising deteriorating relations with India since Pathankot. They
remind us of the civil-military tussle in Pakistan not too long ago, with the
former allegedly advising the latter to act on militants....
Nina Renata Aron
In a radio interview, a former student describes the climate of fear
that was quick to develop among students, “rumours on top of rumours.” Trust
between students, even those who’d been friends, were quick to erode. The heavy
emphasis on “unity” was undercut by the atmosphere of suspicion that Jones’s
expectations had created....
The Gulf region’s relation with India has multiple aspects that are
related to geography, history, cultural influences and travels on both sides.
Above all that, economy on both sides has governed a relationship which no
other country could replicate. Our grandparents were right when they said:
“India is yours if you have lost most of your possessions.” India is a country
of partnership through drought and riches and the pleasant and the unpleasant.
This is the ancient civilization called India....
The vital importance of the visit to the UAE was readily apparent in
the crowd of dignitaries that were watching the event. Although I was unable to
see the entire delegation - as I had found myself stuck behind a scrum of
photographers and cameramen - I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of the
UAE's most prominent figures, such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Abdullah
bin Zayed Al Nayan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
Pakistan’s ruling elite, especially its all-powerful military, tends to
see other nations as close to India or as friends of Pakistan. The Pakistani
narrative often ignores economics and sees international relations in binary
terms, emphasising religion and ideology. Some Pakistani commentators have
already started taking pot-shots at “fellow Muslims” embracing “Hindu India” at
the expense of Pakistan. Ironically, UAE is not the first Gulf Arab Muslim
country affirming friendship with India as chief guest at India’s Republic Day
parade. Former Saudi King Abdullah was the chief guest at the 2006 parade and
proudly declared India his “second home.”...
And if he doesn't, the enormous blowback won't merely affect him; it
will keep America in the same horrific bind it's been in for a long, long time:
war is money; war floats a basically bereft economy; war destroys lives; war
kills hope; war keeps putting the lie to "America, the bastion of freedom
for every person on Earth"...