Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism

India, V.S. Naipaul declared in 1976, is “a wounded civilization,” whose obvious political and economic dysfunction conceals a deeper intellectual crisis. As evidence, he pointed out some strange symptoms he noticed among upper-caste middle-class Hindus since his first visit to his ancestral country in 1962. These well-born Indians betrayed a craze . . . → Read More: Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism

Is Ashraf Ghani speeding ahead on a bumpy road?

(By AZAM AHMED) KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor’s governing style. Best not make him late.

He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely . . . → Read More: Is Ashraf Ghani speeding ahead on a bumpy road?

Malala gets U.S. Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday and pledged her $100,000 award to education in Pakistan.

Yousafzai won the annual prize from the National Constitution Center for her “courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a . . . → Read More: Malala gets U.S. Liberty Medal

EUEF award nominates Malala

Days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousufzai has been nominated by the European Union Education Foundation (EUEF) for its annual award.

“The EUEF will award Malala for her contribution in the education field,” said the foundation’s spokesperson Azfar Bukhari on Sunday.

“We have sent a message to . . . → Read More: EUEF award nominates Malala

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Beheadings, stoning to death, blasphemy, conversion by the sword, caliphate — words that have come back to haunt us from the Middle Ages. You just have to open a newspaper or watch TV and you read about the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Islamic State of Iraq . . . → Read More: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Why has Afghanistan expelled Times reporter?

(By Rod Nordland and Rick GladStone) KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government lashed out Thursday at criticism of its expulsion of an American journalist, the first such action since the ouster of the Taliban, denouncing him as a spy in an official statement.

Both the American ambassador and the . . . → Read More: Why has Afghanistan expelled Times reporter?

USA – Can’t stay out of other country’s affairs

Ukraine. Gaza. Syria. Yemen. Pakistan. If it feels like the United States is always at war somewhere, that’s because it is. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan – the two wars we all know about. And, granted, we’re not only talking boots on the ground. It’s our money, our weapons and – more often in recent . . . → Read More: USA – Can’t stay out of other country’s affairs

Analyzing Pakistan’s society

The Pakistani nation, hostage to some of the worst forms of terrorism, much of it inbred, has been debating on whether or not talks with the Taliban would be productive. Most of the discussions revolve around whether it is justifiable to sit across the table with those who have caused thousands of civilians, among them . . . → Read More: Analyzing Pakistan’s society

Either speak up on time or stay quiet

(By Saroop Ijaz) As we pass the anniversary of the darkest days of our history, July 5, 1977, it is useful to reflect on what we have learnt (or not) and how far we have moved (or not) since.  Ziaul Haq was a vile mad man, and there is no question about it. No one . . . → Read More: Either speak up on time or stay quiet

Keeping Pakistani youth from being radicalized

One of the world’s youngest countries, with more than half of its population below 25 years of age, and the world’s 9th largest English speaking nation, has a growing middle class and steadily rising domestic demand.

That’s Pakistan for you – one of Asia’s most strategically located nations, a gateway to northern India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, . . . → Read More: Keeping Pakistani youth from being radicalized