Muslims face an urgent choice they must not sit over. They must decide between remaining cynical or overcoming cynicism. It is a critical choice and will determine how we see the world and would be seen by the rest of it. 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
History is bu-ran-ji in Assamese, the only word from the now-extinct Tai tribal language of the Ahom people — who ruled Assam’s Brahmaputra valley between the 13th and 18th century — to have survived. Assamese replaced Tai in the early 19th century.
Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction. William Blake, English Poet.
Great cities are invariably those that stand on ruins of history — like Delhi. A city without history may have opulence and glistening high-rises but will lack a soul. Read more