What price freedom?
What does it take,
to be free?
What is white,
Day without night? Read more
“I stared as one – and then the other – of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed. And then I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased.” Read more
At an important speech last Thursday since winning a second term, Obama ran into a heckler. Yet again. Read more
Obama, as is often said, will always be more popular than his policies. It is impossible not to pay attention to what he says; he’s still viewed as the well-meaning guy who broke some real barriers to get where he did. Read more
No part of Gandhi’s life has escaped scholarly attention in a corpus of a little over a century. Literature on him is abundant. Read more
An aspect of Israel that goes largely unnoticed is that the fiercest critics of its policies are Israelis themselves. Alice Miller is one such Israeli. Read more
A piece of cloud, distant and fleeting,
The clouded fate of longings,
Of people in floating weightlessness. Read more
Then stretch our bones in a still gloomy valley;
Nothing’s so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy.
– John Fletcher (1579-1625)
Malala in Pashtun means melancholy, a word that lies on the border of poetry and philosophy, and means more than just grief. Read more
In a previous blog on September 16, I had written that the US presidential polls were a good time to predict how an average Muslim in a Casa Blanca kasba or in an Iranian bread shop will be doing in the next four years or so. Read more
Muslims, from Libya to Hong Kong, have exploded again. The rage is against an anti-Islam film, made in the US, and cartoons in France. Read more