In New Delhi’s Connaught Place commuter Metro station, millions cross a flashboard message fit enough to be our national anthem: “None of us is stronger than all of us”. This is rip-snorting good to be the collective mantra of all humanity as well. Read more

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Once upon a time, there was a Muslim who loved his ham and pork; seldom prayed; had raven hair and was a dandy as a movie star; took his daughter to theatres, who quoted her father as ridiculing Muslims, saying, ‘a Muslim with Rs 10 will buy a headscarf and eat biryani, but a Hindu will save it’; but who ultimately settled for a Muslim nation. Read more

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What would Tagore have made — had he been alive — of Samuel P. Huntington’s best-selling clash-of-civilizations case? Would he have panned it as preposterous? Or refuted it?

Rabindranath Tagore would proudly describe his Bengali Hindu family as a “confluence of three cultures: Hindu, Mohammedan, and British”. [The Religion of Man; London: Allen and Unwin, 1930]. Read more

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Geert Wilders thinks polygamy is all part of 2009 Europe, thanks to Islam, without ever knowing whether polygamy is a man or a horse. Click here for Wilders’ site:

Bigamy — or for that matter polygamy — as one of Islam’s widely misread concepts has just been examined with a fine-toothed comb and put in perspective by India’s law commission, a government panel for legal reforms. Read more

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A housing complex in Mumbai has blocked a move by Indian actor Emraan Hashmi to acquire an apartment in the city’s upscale Pali Hill area because he is Muslim, the actor has alleged.
 
The case has brought back the debate about prejudices Muslims face, and how our secular republic reconciles itself with equal rights guaranteed by the constitution to minorities. Read more

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