India’s minorities, particularly the Muslims, are facing tough times. The matter has received great attention for the anti-beef agitation mounted by a section of Indians from the majority Hindu community, anti-intercommunal marriages – Love Jihad et cetera – and aggressive doubting of Muslim loyalty to India. In this hostile environment, the concerns expressed by high profile Muslims

At no time in history was offending another faith part of any concept of freedom. Offending was part of a wider conflict to destroy another religion, culture, or faith. The medieval world of invading and conquering armies knew that most faith structures held societies together. It was therefore essential to attack culture through both words and deeds. The location of such an idea

The Shia killing has brought home the chilling message of the arrival of “terrorism” as few have done before. In whatever shape or form we wish to see, it has ended the sense of social and political innocence in Bangladesh. The Shias were hardly on the list of enemies in Bangladesh worth killing. But a culturally marginalised group with no political identity makes Shias easy prey for

A functioning parliament, an independent judiciary, reasonable law and order, and a free media are things that people can’t accuse Pakistan and Bangladesh of having. However embarrassing it may sound to patriots, India has it more than us. Although we were all produced by the colonial regime, Pakistan and Bangladesh seem to have become the least politically developed part of South

Eids are different from each other. The sacred and the ceremonial, the celebratory and the circumstantial all mingle together to produce our Eids and they are here to stay. Eid ul Fitr comes at the end of Ramadan where people are rewarded with a festival, having fasted for a month and shown restraint in every aspect of life. The Bakr Eid comes at the end of the Hajj and is a celebration of

Suddenly an innocuous sounding tax on private Universities had begun to look bigger than a problem of calculating 7.5% of tax and who pays it.  Nobody bothered about it when introduced but once the students took to the streets and blocked a few roads, the issue went national. In the end, the government in general and the Finance Ministry in particular have come out looking inept and it