Qawwali And The Sufi Tradition: Music That Unites

The annual commemorative festival, or urs, of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Gharib Nawaz (1141 AD-1236 AD), the emancipator of the poor, the founder of the Chishti order of Sufism in South Asia takes place in Ajmer, India. Every year hundreds of devotees from around the world throng to this Sufi gathering. The festival starts with traditional religious supplications and recitation of the Quran, followed by renditions of qawwali, the devotional Sufi music that has flourished and thrived in South Asia through the ages.
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Shit, My Best Friend Is a Muslim

In these troubled times, with the attacks in Paris, Lebanon, Pathankot and beyond creating a climate of fear, I feel the collective and justified hatred towards religious terrorism. But when this hatred spills over to every human being practising Islam, I fear for my friend. And that's when I think, "Shit, my best friend is a Muslim."
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The Beauty Of Being Open To The ‘Other'

I have conversed with a bar dancer on an airplane, exchanged a Happy Sabbath greeting with a religious man in Jerusalem, listened to a preacher speak about the different archangels, conversed with a chaiwalla by the Ganges about the sacred rivers of India, shared a laugh with a monk and climbed mountains with adventurers. Strangers have revealed their story and I've shared mine. I have been welcome joyously every time I put aside my limited understanding of the world and embraced the uniquely different.
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How Inner Peace Can Change The World

There are three levels of peace, the first one being in the larger world environment and relates to harmony between nations, peoples, world regions, ethnic groups, etc. The second level of peace concerns harmony in our immediate environment comprising family, friends, neighbourhood and workplace. The third level is more personal and individualistic -- inner peace. We cannot underestimate the importance of this level.

Hiroshima's Message: Nuclear Weapons Are A Sinful Use Of Science, Resources

Like millions of Indians, I believed in the myth that nuclear weapons are necessary for national security when our government, headed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, made India a nuclear-weapons nation in May 1998. Indeed, I was working closely with him in the prime minister's office those days. I have since become a convert to the cause of a nuclear weapons-free world. I now believe that India's moral strength and stature as a campaigner for world peace, and especially for global nuclear disarmament, was diminished after it started to build its own nuclear arsenal.

Want To Win Kashmir? Get Cement

So the only fail proof plan to win Kashmir is to do the only thing Pakistan cannot do at all - proliferate prosperity on an unimaginable scale. In other words, for every dam Pakistan wants to build in Kashmir - build five, and for every school, ten. Pakistan cannot hope to keep up.