Editorial

Saba Mahboob Shamsi is 27 years old and lives with her parents and two brothers in a two -room house in the by-lanes of Rampur in  Uttar Pradesh. Saba is suffering from myasthenia gravis which is a chronic auto-immune neuromuscular disease characterized by  varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal muscles of the body. Saba has to be on medicines lifelong for […]

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Old—be they things, formulas, methods, or patterns— always looks comfortable. It is so because it is known, seen, tested and tried. New, stranger as it is, is viewed with doubt, received with skepticism and adopted—if it comes to that—with fear. Continuing with the   old  is easy, smooth and effortless. Embracing the new involves challenges, entails effort and is full of […]

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Fresh and crippling US sanctions against Iran seeking to prevent it from being a nuclear weapon-capable state have almost blown the bugle for a new war in the Gulf. Sanctions are least likely to work in the case of Iran when they failed to cow down a much weaker Iraq for over a decade. The support of 401 […]

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Saudis’ penchant for craziness knows no end. The Saudi Arabian government’s decision to officially ban use of English and Gregorian calendar is one more grand step towards looking most stupid and absurd. It is suicidal for any underdeveloped state to reject languages and calendar of the developed nations in a world so dependent on ever evolving technology whose flow […]

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In the future, we are not going to get any new ideas from the west – all really new ideas are going to come from the non-western cultures. By Ziauddin Sardar I am not an easy person to pin down. I am several things; yet none of them. I was born in Pakistan but, as many Pakistanis would be  eager […]

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The Muslim Personal Law Board has once again proved that it is loud on rhetoric and short on fulfilling its own responsibility of initiating reforms within the Muslim society. In its recently concluded session at Mumbai, the Board warned the Government against interference in the Muslim Personal law. The Board would have carried more conviction had it shown […]

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Frustration is building up into desperation in the ranks of the right wing Hindutva  extremists. They are increasingly demonstrating  their restiveness over absence of a worthwhile cause capable of lighting the communal fuse. The throwing of a piece of beef by one of  their activists in the Pochamma Temple in Hyderabad serves as an index of their anxiety […]

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