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
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
“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
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