The average Muslim is unlikely to vote any one party or candidate but is generally cagey about Hindutva-based politics. Read more
Between now and November, when the US goes into presidential polls, is a crucial time for global peace, stability and security, especially in the context of Iran. Read more
“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
I have never tried my hands at magic realism or lampooning of the kind that drips venom. But it’s worth trying. Deal with it.
General Shutman Ruddie had long abandoned his land of birth, Freeforallistan, to conquer the rest of the world. Read more
Gandhi – who India still reveres deeply – floated up in public memory recently when the contemporary Indian press and some middle-class Indians had hallucinating glimpses of him in rural activist Anna Hazare, who launched a Gandhi-style protest against high-level corruption. Read more
Not exactly a bleeding-heart liberal, but open-minded by religious standards, Maulana Marghubur Rahman — the 96-year-old influential rector of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom — died on Wednesday at his ancestral home in UP’s Bijnor. Read more
Make-believe worlds are dangerous places. They are built on myths. Myths always eclipse truths out. The just-concluded elections to the Lok Sabha have yet again punctured this great myth called the Muslim vote.
Rather than being credited for their overwhelming participation in the democratic process, the fact that Muslims tend to vote in large numbers is sometimes held against them. This saddens me. Read more