Yuji Sakai

Why We Should Be More Conscious of India’s Size

As we were getting ready to leave our lecture-hall in Manchester University, the secretary of our course announced that exiting on to Oxford Street would be difficult as a “huge” demonstration was imminent. My friend and course-mate, a senior police officer from India, enquired how big the demonstration was likely to be and guffawed when informed that between 50 to a 100 people were expected to gather. “Is that a demonstration?” he asked, “that is the average gathering at a bus stop in Delhi every day!”
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Equal In An Unequal World: The Paradox Of Islam

As I ambled towards the immigration counter at Dulles Airport, Washington DC, I overheard a Black police officer talking about "self-discovery" to his White female colleague. And then something strange happened. I, reflexively, began musing aloud on Islam and paradoxes. I looked the Black police officer in the eye and said, "I know myself through you because you are so different... but, in the final analysis, we are all the same. And this is one of the central insights of Islam, in the nature of a paradox."