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The Hadiya Caution
Suhrith Parthasarathy

The Hadiya Caution
Suhrith Parthasarathy

Or, as Justice Chandrachud puts it: “In deciding whether Shafin Jahan is a fit person for Hadiya to marry, the High Court has entered into prohibited terrain. Our choices are respected because they are ours. Social approval for intimate personal decisions is not the basis for recognising them. Indeed, the Constitution protects personal liberty from disapproving audiences.”....


The Banishment of Nawaz Sharif
Khaled Ahmed

The prospect for Pakistan is not good at all. Pakistan’s self-perception was coloured by the popular enthusiasm to get rid of Nawaz Sharif, which made the man in the street rebuff the international verdict on how well the Sharif government was doing economically despite street protests at times inspired by the establishment. More of this is going to make Pakistan even less governable than it is now given the outlawry of its ideologically exploitative religious organisations...


Colonialism and Imperialism: The Case of Lebanon
Ali M. Kassem

While Lebanon was once referred to as Switzerland of the East, and Beirut as Paris of the East, the country’s past must not be seen as one of flourishing prosperity which went off-course. It was never on-course. True, a few years after the declaration of its establishment, the republic witnessed a significant boom: Arab petrodollars flooded its banks, and new investments sparked various forms of tourism. Yet, this was a state of exception; simple serendipity. ...


The Narrative of Decline
Mubarak Ali

When European philosophers analyse the decline of a civilisation, they never mention the religious factors involved in their downfall. However, Muslim scholars tend to blame society for abandoning religious teachings and pushing itself towards decline. These scholars believe that the solution is to revive religious teachings and restore society’s past glory....

India-Pakistan Ties: Time to Reach Out Across the Border
Happymon Jacob

Islamabad’s decision to send High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood back to India just in time to host the Pakistan National Day reception in New Delhi, and New Delhi’s decision to send the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, to attend the reception indicate that good sense may have prevailed on both sides. ....


Black Lives Do Not Matter In Israel

These stories teach us that while the greatest danger posed to African refugees in Israel is the plan to deport them back to statelessness and suffering, they also face other grave dangers, even if they are eventually allowed to remain in the country.  The disparity in anti-African sentiment between Israelis who live in relative proximity to the refugees, and the Israelis who don't, demonstrates the extent of the damage done by Netanyahu and other far-right officials....


Since every disciplined pursuit of intellectual life is a species of spiritual one which essentially consists in undistracted attention or sharp unwavering awareness– and morality itself is a fruit of proper attention to the other and thus not unrelated to intellectual life – we better respect Hawking’s  mode of worship that recalls partly Spinoza’s or Einstein’s and though admittedly is of a different order compared to that of sages, we better focus on what he has to teach us – that any dualistic concept of God that imagines absolute separation from the world  is passé...


How India Managed To Punish Cow Vigilantes for the First Time in a Beef-Lynching Case
Sanya Dhingra

Faizan Mustafa, a law professor at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, said, “It’s remarkable that in a BJP-ruled state, the police and prosecution could get a conviction so soon.” But he remains sceptical of the impact of this judgment on other such cases, given it comes from a lower court, and is bound to be challenged....


In Bad Faith; Lingayats’ Claim To ‘Separate Religion’ Status Is Untenable
Tahir Mahmood

Treating Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism as variations of Hinduism is historically wrong and legally untenable, but so is advocacy of a “separate religion” tag for Lingayats. The Constitution concedes autonomy to all sections within every religious denomination but not the right to claim standalone status. If smaller sects in other religions — Theravada Buddhists, Terapanthi Jains, Namdhari Sikhs, Ismaili Bohra Muslims, Presbyterian Christians, to name a few — cannot lay claim to the status of independent religions detached from their roots, nor can the Lingayats and Veerashaivas....


India Must Evolve Its Own Model of Integrated Military Theatre and Not Copy-Paste from Global Examples
Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

There is a basic logic to the argument for ‘jointness’ and integration. The common aim of the three armed forces is to secure India against aggression and conduct such operations in the achievement of the national aim. To do this, they have different means, resources and work cultures. Without optimising joint capability, there is much wastage of resources. Also, the lack of a common work culture and procedures often places the achievement of the national aim at risk....


The Self-Dramatising Judges
Khaled Ahmed

But what he did to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not always liked. Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, archrival of the dismissed prime minister, told a TV channel February 18 that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had delivered “a weak verdict” by pinning Sharif’s dismissal on Iqama, a residential visa to the UAE. He thus delivered a boost to Sharif’s political campaign against the Supreme Court for leaning on a frivolous pretext to oust him from power in 2017....

Ecuador Endangered
John Seed, New Age Islam

Ecuador Endangered
John Seed, New Age Islam

The tropical Andes of Ecuador are at the top of the world list of biodiversity hotspots in terms of vertebrate species, endemic vertebrates, and endemic plants. Ecuador has more orchid and hummingbird species than Brazil, which is 32 times larger, and more diversity than the entire USA...


Imran Khan Started It All, Now Pakistani Leaders Are Facing Shoe and Ink Attacks
Reham Khan

My friends from across the border always say they find Urdu very classy and romantic. It is the language of the Nawabs, oozing formality, decorum and timeless elegance. But the leaders of present-day Pakistan are far from being classy or promoters of decorum. Their language is full of hate and the rhetoric incites violence….


Plodding Reforms: On Saudi Arabia's Journey In Liberalisation
Stanly Johny

Some have bought into this narrative, including The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who called Prince Mohammed’s power grab “Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring”. The changes introduced by Prince Mohammed are indeed a big deal by Saudi Arabia’s standards. Lifting the ban on women driving has been a long-standing demand by women activists in the kingdom and abroad....


Before and after Javed Abidi: India’s Disability Movement Will Not Be the Same Again
Javed Abidi

Javed was king and unconscious king-maker. He honed his chosen people’s natural skills and passions, turned them into globally respected experts, while functioning like a benevolent autocrat. No doubt his authoritarian side achieved a lot more than a more democratic process. They say nature abhors a vacuum, and while Javed’s presence will be missed, he has set the stage for a group of people who are more than equipped to see the disability movement in India through its reclamation of civil rights on an aggressive anti-discrimination footing....


Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency after Mob Attacks on Muslims
Mujib Mashal

In an audio message sent to his uncle, Mr. Basith described the scene as the mob could be heard outside. The audio was circulating in Kandy after his death and as a sign of its authenticity, a cabinet minister who had visited the scene referred to the message in Parliament on Tuesday. “They have broken all the doors in our house, large stones are falling inside,” Mr. Basith said in the message. “Hello, yes I am inside our house and they are burning something. There are flames coming inside.”...


Disappearing in Egypt: From Giulio to Zubaida
Mohamad Elmasry

This individual allegation of forced disappearance aside, there is little debate that the Sisi regime now represents the most repressive in Egypt's modern history. None of Sisi's dictatorial predecessors - Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, and Hosni Mubarak - amassed such an inexhaustible record of human rights violations....


Maldives Turbulence Impacts India’s Strategic Space
Jayadeva Ranade

An additional concern is the rapid radicalisation taking place in Maldives despite its prosperity. More than 200 Maldives citizens are estimated to have joined the Islamic State (ISIS), which, in terms of percentage of population is possibly the highest in the world. India does not want neighbouring Maldives to become a haven for Islamic terrorists....


A Crime of Hate, A Journey Of Love
Harsh Mander

For me it was fitting but emotionally wrenching to start this year’s Karwan with a visit to the home of Afrazul Khan, the migrant worker whose life had ended last year in a particularly brutal hate killing. I had gone days after he was bludgeoned, hacked and then burnt alive, assiduously filmed by a teenager...


Embarrassments and Isolations for Pakistan
Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

We have a mantra. Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism. Pakistan has sacrificed more than any country in the war against terror. Pakistan has lost thousands of precious civilian and military lives and financially lost over a hundred billion dollars in this war — which is not even our war! Millions of people in Fata have been displaced. Pakistan has taken out several terrorist organisations especially the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda….


Pakistan’s Paris Debacle
Kamran Yousaf

Any loophole in our system that gives the impression that we are still backing certain militant outfits will only help the Indian cause. Hence, patronising certain militant outfits is not something that serves our interests. If our policymakers realise and understand this, half of our problems will be solved even without taking a single step. After all determining the right direction is the most difficult task....


The Abject Ineffectiveness of the Eastern Ghouta Ceasefire
Chris Doyle

The pressure remains massively short of what is needed to end the conflict, to re-impose the norms of international law in Syria and across the Middle East, and above all to allow the Syrian people to reacquaint themselves with what passes for normal, peaceful existence. Never has this Chinese saying seemed truer: “It is better to be a dog in peacetime than a human being in war.”...


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Visit: Adopting A ‘Wait And Watch’ Approach
Rakesh Sood

It is clear, therefore, that both countries approached the visit with modest expectations. The near-term developments in its neighbourhood are a priority for Tehran even as Mr. Modi tries to find a balance with his stated preference to develop closer ties with both the U.S. and Israel. The uncertainties surrounding the JCPOA provide the justification for adopting a ‘wait and watch’ approach....


'The World According to Netanyahu'
Mazal Mualem

Netanyahu looks to be gearing up for a long, drawn-out battle. This is his default setting. He will only relinquish his seat in the event of an all-out political war. This does not stem merely from stubbornness or a do-or-die attitude. Rather, it reflects Netanyahu’s internal essence as a person who lives with never-ending conflict and constant struggles against real and imaginary opponents....


Three countries — China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — joined hands in a concerted bid to block a US-led move to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list on Tuesday, but Washington was reported to be engaged in behind-the-scenes efforts to have its way in a fresh vote on Thursday....

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