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I spoke to a Pakistani friend on Skype recently. I told him that while 90% Indians are fools, 95% Pakistanis are fools. The 5% extra marks I gave to Pakistanis are because Pakistan declared itself an...
The change in the political landscape over the last several years has made it impossible for the main centre right political party (BNP) to operate; Islamist political organizations are equally restricted. Unfortunately, the current government’s running of such outfits underground and pushing them out of every open political space in Bangladesh has had a calamitous consequence: hundreds of thousands of young activists and students have become vulnerable to manipulation by extremists.
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NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), set up by preacher Zakir Naik, has come under the scanner of the Home Ministry, amidst allegations that funds from abroad received by it have been spent on polit...
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While it's true that a bunch of terrorists and extremists pose a grave threat to world peace and human civilisation, I think it is misguided to malign and vilify all those who publicly profess their religious identity and display its symbols. Therefore, it becomes crucial to explore the journey of religiosity to find out the nuances of the phenomenon in which a person travels from atheism or most basic theism to religious extremism.
I recently had the dubious pleasure of reading Chetan Bhagat's Times of India blog post on the "Anatomy of a liberal". The style of his piece is as frothy as ever, though sadly a little short on credible detail. The crux of Chetan Bhagat's argument, perhaps, is that India's liberal class is great at taking umbrage. There is much to take umbrage at right now. There is a rising feeling of intolerance -- towards dissent, towards resistance, and towards alternative belief systems -- a wave ably represented by Bhagat's article.
Despite being a Muslim and a non-pork eater for religious, personal and cultural reasons, my point was to give the militants a lesson in respecting and living with people with different faiths, food habits and cultural practices. The attention that my FB post got went beyond anything I had imagined. In addition to exultation, there were three other responses: warnings of danger that could come my way, a certain silence, and dismissals and scathing criticisms that I will answer here.