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    .... He terms it as the phobia of modernity, and this religiously, text-bound habit of Muslims living in a time warp and repeatedly points towards the “secular”, actually “communal” politicians who remember them every 5 years are to blame. My personal take, being of Muslim heritage, is that the basic thrust of the Muslim culture, its traditions and teachings profess this world is an illusion and the afterlife is the most important. ...

    TOI on Oct. 6, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

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    ...The Justice Sachar Report, and Zoya Hasan and Ritu Menon’s work in “Unequal Citizens” (OUP) shows that the condition of Muslims, especially women is worse than that of the Dalits and OBCs (Other Backward Castes). Reams have been written about how Muslims committed intellectual suicide in the 12th century when they chose the Asharite strain (primacy of text) over the Mutazalite one (primacy of reason) and continued with political, cultural and social suicide in the 20th century in the Indian subcontinent when they agreed to a Partition based on the Two-nation theory that Hindus and Muslims could not live together and gave credence to communal forces. The need of the hour is to enlighten, reform and change the Hindu communalists. For it is in the enlightenment of the Hindu communalists that the reform of the Muslim communalist lies. ...

    TOI on Sept. 10, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

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    ...Couple it with the often lamented yesteryears laced with the nostalgia of the past from people, who find themselves in a digital age, with fast disappearing traditions and systems or institutions changing with lightening speed. Then you pick up history and we see the Reformation and Restoration as key periods of zeal in Western Civilization and one is forced to think why this obssession over “going back” or reviving. ...

    TOI on June 17, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

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    ...Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the octogenarian, separatist Hurriyat leader whose son, it has been alleged was given a job out of turn right at the time that Kashmir Valley was burning in the aftermath of the Burhan Wani (another Hizbul-Mujahideen Commander) killing by security forces in an encounter in June 2016. ...

    TOI on March 7, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

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    ...After the callous poverty and misery on the streets of Delhi, and the grime of the hot dusty plains, Kashmir seemed exactly like the picture postcard Paradise of pristine beauty with its clear lakes, snow covered mountains and the breathtaking landscapes. It took a good part of three decades to find out the slime, grime, and filth of Paradise in the minds and hearts of my fellow compatriots which is famously dubbed as ”crab mentality”, after the well-known observed behaviour of crabs in a pot. I was privileged enough to belong to what would be termed a fairly liberal family in the sense that they believed in the education of daughters and promoted studiousness and personal libraries. But yes, there were lines drawn on certain habits and lifestyles even though 1990 was far away yet. I must have disturbed my cousins a lot. ...

    TOI on Jan. 17, 2017, 7:23 p.m.

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    ...The Kashmiris lost any ”case” they had the day, week and year the secessionists / separatists ethnically cleansed the ”indigenous” Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley and supported the Hizb/JKLF circulated hit lists for targets to be assassinated with names of secular, liberal, Leftist Muslims, Pandits, Sikhs forcing them to migrate. That terrible crime made the silent majority complacent in the cleansing by creating an atmosphere of terror – pitching an ISI-Pak Army sponsored rag-tag group of guerrillas against the might of the Indian Army. ...

    TOI on Dec. 10, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

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    ...Different cultures may have blamed each other throughout history, or distanced their ancestors from responsibility, and therefore leaving conflicting and inconclusive fragments from ancient sources on the exact details of the destruction. Ancient and modern sources identify four possible occasions for the partial or complete destruction of the Library of Alexandria: Julius Caesar’s fire during his civil war in 48 BC; the attack of Aurelian in AD 270 – 275; the decree of Coptic Pope Theophilus of Alexandria in 391 AD; and the Muslim conquest of Egypt in (or after) AD 642. Fast forward to July 5, 2004. ...

    TOI on Nov. 2, 2016, 4:01 p.m.

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    ...One can also see a robust democracy in progress with the Law Commission of India putting out a questionnaire online and asking for the opinions of the citizens. The questions cover all religions and are wide-ranging. As usual, the clerics have started their usual stubborn tricks even down to threatening politicians of the ruling party with a subtle “things going bad” (read riots) if they persist with what they’re calling – interference in their personal religious laws which they insist guarantee them the right to practice their religion under the Constitution of India. It is sad and pathetic to see the Muslim Personal Law Board being adamant about a practice which has been banned by 22 countries, including Pakistan. ...

    TOI on Oct. 25, 2016, 11:21 a.m.