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

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“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

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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.
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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

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