I despise the term ‘Liberal Muslim’, although sometimes I use it for the sake of convenience. It is invariably used in a patronizing way and it perpetuates, what I call, the “zoo effect”. Read more

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At an important speech last Thursday since winning a second term, Obama ran into a heckler. Yet again. Read more

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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

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This could hardly have escaped national attention: Have Muslims made their peace with Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s demagogic chief minister? It is a tough question, really. Let’s attempt an answer. Read more

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One may have a lot to quibble about Arundhati Roy’s political views, but there’s no escaping her power as a writer. What is democracy without dissent? What’s writing without some flair? Read more

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had to call off what could have been a historic visit to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) due to “bad weather” this past Saturday (February 16). Read more

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Anil Ambani, the industrialist and 7th richest Indian by Forbes estimates, confirmed his man-crush on Narendra Modi (Click here for my favourite Modi profile). Read more

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As expected, the Gujarat elections could hardly have escaped national attention. Narendra Modi will have probably won the polls even before the last votes are counted. This nation is at the crossroads: a demagogic leader, conceited in thoughts and uncompromising in actions, is wiping clean his past with the present. He could soon push India into a phase of unilateral politics, ascending to the very top. This could also mean less legroom for India’s much-vaunted democracy. Read more

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The average Muslim is unlikely to vote any one party or candidate but is generally cagey about Hindutva-based politics. Read more

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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

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