Khatawar samjhegi duniya tujhe

Ab itni bhi safayi na de

(Your guilt may become apparent, if you try to prove your innocence so much…) Read more

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Socialism and Islam both have a PR problem: a permanent rarefaction problem. Both look antiquated and suspicious.

Even as faith in free markets falters, socialism’s best goal — people-before-profits — belongs in the historical dustbin. Islam’s humane principles of self-introspection and socialist goals of a greedless economy have hit a similar cul-de-sac. Read more

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“Welcome to the school of terror. Let me show you our terrorists, 3,800 in all,” jokes 70-year-old public relations officer Adil Siddiqui, pointing to students milling around a notice board in the main courtyard of Darul-Uloom, Deoband.

Siddiqui’s humour borders on sarcasm: “Had it not been for bin Laden, you would not have come visiting us.” Read more

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Cheap thrills come at a price and it must have run into crores. How else can you get half a million clerics to oppose India’s sanitized national song, Vande Mataram? Read more

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I had no consternation that, as one of the many hosts and facilitators of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, I would be attending to guests at a gala dinner where President George W. Bush would be the star attraction.

Here was a man who I think had wrecked much of the Muslim world. Read more

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