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To understand what is going on in South Asia we must keep firmly in mind Lenin's definition of politics: "Politics is concentrated economics." Once that is kept firmly in mind the truth becomes clear....
The war drums can clearly be heard in our subcontinent. The Indian army's "surgical' strike" 3km inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is said to have killed 50 terrorists and hit seven of their camps and...
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Indians, I do not wish to alarm or terrify you but only to tell you the truth. The times which are coming in our subcontinent will be so horrible that I, who am now 70 years of age, and have seen much...
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In a recent interview to The Wire, former RAW chief A.S. Dulat suggested that the only way to solve the Kashmir imbroglio is through dialogue, not aggression. I submit that Mr. Dulat's statements in this context are meaningless clichés and platitudes. They are totally superficial, and reflect little understanding of the realities of the Kashmir problem. Those who think that mere political dialogue can resolve the Kashmir problem are living in a fool's paradise. They do not know what is really happening. So, let me explain.
The JNU students and Amnesty did not commit or organize violence, and nor did they call for immediate resort to arms. Hence, in my opinion, they committed no crime, and the charges against them should be dropped. That being said, I totally disapprove of the demand for Azadi for Kashmir or any part of India.
Religion and science are diametrically opposed to each other. They are poles apart, and it is nonsense to say that they complement each other.
Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani, who was killed recently, is being hailed as a hero by many people. However, I regard him as only a pawn who was being used by some people. But which people? Some say it was the Pakistanis, but in my opinion it was the Chinese. So let me explain my views.
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In my opinion, Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has profound historical importance, not only for the UK, but also for India, Europe, Asia, Africa, USA, and indeed for the whole world. It marks a drastic reversal of the process of internationalism which had been going ever since the end of World War II. Brexit is a step towards extreme nationalism and right wing politics, which is bound to spread everywhere and create great disorder. Let me explain.
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I am deeply saddened by the recent incidents of violence in Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander. I am a Kashmiri myself, and I have always condemned atrocities against Kashmiris, whether Pandits or Muslims. The fact that Kashmiri Muslims are being killed or injured at present makes no difference to me. Their DNA is the same as mine. However, I would like to express my views here on their demand for “azadi” or freedom.
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Zakir Naik is in the news these days, and a lot of people have, through Facebook, asked me my views about him. So let me respond. In my opinion, Zakir Naik's views are totally unscientific and stupid, but he's been peddling them successfully for a long time to his followers, who are largely gullible Muslims. We may here consider just one of his several half-baked, crackpot ideas about Creation and Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
I firmly believe and have repeatedly said that the vast majority of men and women are good by nature, as my great teacher Rousseau taught me. That is why I have repeatedly said, and I firmly believe, that over 99% Muslims, and 99% Pakistanis are good by nature -- just as over 99% Hindus and 99% Indians are good by nature. And yet the truth is that today most Hindus (though not all) are communal, hating Muslims, and most Muslims (though not all ) are also communal, hating Hindus.