India’s polarized wealth distribution

“There is a line beyond which inequality is too high, and India is close to – if not already beyond – that line.”

Economic inequality has been a popular topic for analysis, commentary, and political debate over the last several years, lately even garnering attention from the Pope. . . . → Read More: India’s polarized wealth distribution

What secularism means in India

Secularism in Indian context is distinct from Western secularism. Indian secularism is not irreligion, but multitude of religions. Every time there is a communal disharmony, or a politicization of religion, the idea of secularism in India is re-examined. Secularism in its literal sense means separation of religion from politics/state. But the . . . → Read More: What secularism means in India

Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

(By Arif Nizami) Our foreign policy establishment claims ad-nauseam that there is no ISIS (Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham) in Pakistan. In the process the nation, already engaged in an existential war against the Taliban/al-Qaeda brand of terrorism, is reassured that it need not fear Da’ish as it simply does not exist.

Before 9/11 . . . → Read More: Why is our government reluctant to face the real issues

Lets stop apologizing

(By Khaled Almaeena) The Paris attacks that killed 130 people and injured hundreds of others are still capturing headlines. They also occupy the top spot in social media the world over.

The attack came days after suicide bombers blew up about 40 people in a Beirut suburb and before that a Russian plane was blown . . . → Read More: Lets stop apologizing

What Muslim parents should tell their children about Paris

Over the past decade and a half, after every horrific incident around the world, it seems as if time stops for a couple of days. Mental energy is at an all-time low, and if we’re not busy commenting and posting updates about the crisis or having passionate discussions with relatives and friends, we’re . . . → Read More: What Muslim parents should tell their children about Paris

Modi’s lost moment to emulate Thatcher

(By Tunku Varadarajan) Watching Narendra Modi govern India, one laments a lost opportunity. His victory in May last year had offered independent India its first clear shot at a free-market conservative government. Sixteen months later, one struggles to find any sustained commitment to market reforms. His recent speech to the Delhi Economic Conclave was a . . . → Read More: Modi’s lost moment to emulate Thatcher

India going off-balance

(BY M.K. BHADRAKUMAR) At a meeting with the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at his residence in New Delhi last Friday, the functionaries of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which mentors the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly expressed “grave concern” over the mishandling of the country’s . . . → Read More: India going off-balance

Jhelum incident is a test case for NAP

The modus operandi was a distressingly familiar one — an allegation of blasphemy, incitement by local mosques, and a frenzied mob venting its rage on the impugned individuals/community.

However, the government’s response to events in Jhelum last week could well determine whether this country is indeed making a break from a past replete with condemnable . . . → Read More: Jhelum incident is a test case for NAP

300 percent increase in crimes against Muslims after Paris attack

Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose 300 percent in Britain in the week following the coordinated attacks in Paris, according to figures published on Monday.

A “vast and overwhelming majority” of the 115 attacks were against Muslim women and girls aged between 14 and 45 who were wearing traditional Islamic dress, according to the findings . . . → Read More: 300 percent increase in crimes against Muslims after Paris attack

Pakistan’s Hate Crimes

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

It seems there is an organised campaign to target the Ahmedi community’s economic well being by destroying their businesses, harassing their youth and ransacking their communal properties

The burning down of a factory owned by an Ahmedi family followed by the ransacking . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s Hate Crimes