Butter Tea ruminations at Norbulingka – Rukmini Sen

Photo Credit: Rukmini Sen It was raining ferociously when we reached our hotel somewhere between Mcleodganj and Dharamkot on the evening of fourth of July. We advised ourselves to stay indoors. You don’t step out on a rainy night in a terrain you don’t understand. My partner Suresh and I had settled for the TV show “The Durrells (based on “The Corfu Trilogy” by Gerald … Continue reading Butter Tea ruminations at Norbulingka – Rukmini Sen

Must Watch: Rabiya says persecution of minorities in Pak is institutionalised

Question (Teesta Setalvad): What are the specific problems that the Hindu and Christian Minorities face in Pakistan ?” Answer:  Most of the Hindus in Pakistan live in Sindh, they are at the lowest rung of the economic scale, not just the ‘lower castes’ but also agricultural labourers. Now Sindh has been traditionally the more tolerant part of Pakistan unlike Punjab. But over the past years … Continue reading Must Watch: Rabiya says persecution of minorities in Pak is institutionalised

सुबह से मूड खराब है, मुंह न लगिएगा….Mayank Saxena

जब मैं लगातार हिंदुओं के कट्टरपंथ और मूर्खता पर लिख सकता हूं, तो मुझे पूरा अधिकार है, हर धर्म के पागलपन के बारे में बोलने का…और हां, जो आईएसआईएस के हमले के लिए इस्लामिक कट्टरपंथ को नकार कर, बार-बार अमेरिका जप रहे हैं…उनसे कुछ सवाल हैं…
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Renaissance of Islam may well start with India – Anwar Hussain

The Horrific attacks in Paris has cleaved my heart in pieces and every piece goes out to my brothers and sisters in Paris , Beirut and wherever the ISIS thugs have struck. Momentarily this tragedy made me too numb to react and I almost ended up laying the responsibility of these attacks at the doors of Islam, the religion of more than a billion people … Continue reading Renaissance of Islam may well start with India – Anwar Hussain

This one’s for dad – Parvez Imam

When my father passed away last week, my younger sister was with him. The hospital formalities required filling up various forms. A column for the death certificate requires the religion of the deceased. My sister did not hesitate even for a moment to scribble ‘Humanity’. The hospital staff was confused but she insisted and they had to accept it. My other siblings and I loved … Continue reading This one’s for dad – Parvez Imam

“Nothing shall happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us”, reminds AR Rahman !

A R Rahman, one of the finest music directors of India responded to a fatwa by clerics of Raza Academy by quoting from the Holy book of Quran. An Indian Islamic group had issued a fatwa against Iranian film-maker Majid Majidi and the Oscar-winning Indian composer AR Rahman over the depiction of the prophet Muhammad in a new film. Rahman in his response wrote – “Nothing will … Continue reading “Nothing shall happen to us except what Allah has ordained for us”, reminds AR Rahman !

What can I say? – Javed Anand

To those fuelling Islamophobia, here’s a tweet from Dyab Abou Jahjah from Belgium: ‘I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and I died defending his right to do so.’ To the mourning parents, siblings, children, spouses, lovers, family and friends of those who were gunned down in the horrific massacre in Paris, what can I say? Except that … Continue reading What can I say? – Javed Anand

ISLAM FOR PEACE, OR VIOLENCE? – Javed Anand

          Until recently, often in private and sometimes publicly, the complaint was voiced that moderate Muslims do not speak out or not loudly enough against Muslim extremism, militant Islam. Now, curiously, the ongoing savagery of the Islamic State has prompted the high priests of “New Atheism” (for whom “moderate Muslim” is an oxymoron) to turn their guns against liberals in general. … Continue reading ISLAM FOR PEACE, OR VIOLENCE? – Javed Anand