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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Politics in advanced democracies is often characterised by conservatives on the one side and liberals on the other. Read more

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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

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This past week, we had a chance to hear two political leaders, both of who could potentially be heads of government, speak on the Babri issue. To me, one sounded quite dumb, the other smart. Read more

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A Muslim cleric, Nurul Huda, flying to London from Delhi on May 12 was deplaned on suspicion of being a terrorist, arrested and then let off. It was a goof-up. Read more

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