India’s dilemma: God or beef?

Dec 12 (Reuters) – Symbols of India’s emergence as an economic powerhouse line the four-lane highway to Jaipur out of New Delhi: a factory owned by the world’s biggest motorbike maker, glass towers housing global call centres, shopping malls for India’s burgeoning middle class.

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Little hope for peaceful political process as India deploys army in UP to control communal clashes

By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi

Hundreds of Indian soldiers have been deployed to restore order in a restive district in the state of Uttar Pradesh where at least 26 people, including a television camera man and a police photographer, were killed in a weekend of deadly communal riots between Hindus and Muslims. Many more, . . . → Read More: Little hope for peaceful political process as India deploys army in UP to control communal clashes

Time to reconcile the different faiths?

Ecumenically minded religious leaders should seize the initiative in imposing rationality and discipline among those claiming to be “true believers” either within their own faith or against the faith of others. To date, however, even as it succeeds in lowering the barriers between us, interfaith dialogue has largely failed to establish credibility with the truly . . . → Read More: Time to reconcile the different faiths?

Anti-Muslim crimes on the rise in US

The Passport photo of 46-year-old Sunando Sen, pushed to his death because a woman thought he was Muslim (Photo: Christie M. Farriella for New York Daily News)

A horrific crime if we’ve ever seen one–and a reminder that Islamophobia affects many communities outside Muslim ones.

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‘Certain sections of society’ oppose renaming of chowk after Bhagat Singh

The city government’s plan to rename Fawara Chowk in Shadman after Bhagat Singh, the pre-Independence Indian freedom fighter, has been put on hold after it drew objections from “certain sections of society”, The Express Tribune has learnt.

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Akram Masih accuses ETPB Chairman of squandering Rs. 4 billion

By Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: A federal minister of state has accused the chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a federal government institution meant to look after properties and places of worship of non-Muslims, of wasting Rs4 billion in misadventures over the last four years.

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Nights of Worship in the Hindu community

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Sindh CM favors legislation to protect minorities’ rights

KARACHI: The Sindh chief minister called for preparing a draft law with the help of legislators and lawyers belonging to the minority communities to protect the rights of the religious minorities at both the federal and provincial levels. The draft law would be presented in the Sindh Assembly and National Assembly for debate and legislation, said . . . → Read More: Sindh CM favors legislation to protect minorities’ rights

Iqbal’s irrelevance

By Ahmad Sultan

In our national conscience, Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal occupies that lofty post of being the first person to have conceived the idea of Pakistan. The second thing that we know about him is that he wanted an Islamic Pakistan.

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Why should religion make us lose respect for human life?

Eighteen bloodied bodies, shot Gestapo-style, lay by the roadside. Men in army uniforms had stopped four buses bound from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, demanding that all 117 persons on board alight.Those with Shia sounding names on their national identification cards were separated out. Minutes later it was all over; the earlier massacres of Hazara Shias in Mastung and . . . → Read More: Why should religion make us lose respect for human life?