“When was the last time you saw 850 kids sit quiet for an hour that you could hear a pin drop?” Thomas Hudnut, the headmaster of Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, had said this about Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, where he addressed students back in 2003. Read more

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What after all is jihad? From an India-Pakistan perspective, few people can answer this question better than Pakistani-American writer and Mary Richardson professor of history at Tufts University, Ayesha Jalal. Her book, Partisans of Allah: Meanings of Jihad in South Asia (2008), puts this core concept of Islam in perspective for the subcontinental audience. Read more

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Going by official socio-economic indices, the average Muslim voter is a school drop-out, earns meagre wages, supports a mid-sized family, is self-employed, resides mostly among his ilk, would have not travelled far beyond his birthplace, is remarkably ‘clued in’, unlikely to vote any one party or candidate, but is generally cagey about Hindutva-based politics. Read more

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