Not so long ago, it was widely presumed that, in a modernizing and fast-growing India, sickening religious clashes aimed at garnering votes would be a thing of the past. The western UP rioting, like those preceding it in Bihar, points to the opposite. “Communal polarization” has staged a comeback. [Read more]
About Zia Haq
I despise the term ‘Liberal Muslim’, although sometimes I use it for the sake of convenience. It is invariably used in a patronizing way and it perpetuates, what I call, the “zoo effect”. [Read more]
At a hall inside Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, there’s only room to stand. Scholars, students, journalists and professors struggle to fit in. Some of them are comfortable squatting on the floor, as they take copious notes.
“I stared as one – and then the other – of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed. And then I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased.” [Read more]
At an important speech last Thursday since winning a second term, Obama ran into a heckler. Yet again. [Read more]