Terror Isn’t A ‘Muslim-Only’ Problem, It’s A Larger Politics

Whether Islam is a religion of peace—or not—is not the issue; and little will be gained by quoting and counter-quoting texts and verses. The attraction that violent death—to oneself and to others—holds for some young men cannot be reduced to the promise of 72 virgins in jannat. Hold this view if you will, it won’t solve the problem. http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/terror-isnt-a-muslim-only-problem-its-a-larger-politics/297485

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Remembering the fifth of July

As far as radicalisation is concerned, Zia ul Haq is considered the ultimate, in Pakistan. He destroyed systematically what some rulers had, earlier, started in Pakistan society. No any other regime influenced so much the course of a nation in search of a destiny as did Gen Zia’s campaign of the brutalization of society in the name of so-called Islamisation. What is

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Bangladesh: Terror Does Have A Name, Face And Religion

By. Jaideep Mazumdar - July 5, 2016 The common refrain of most people, including Indian politicians, who condemned Friday evening’s attack on an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s tony Gulshan neighbourhood was that terror does not have any religion. Behind this refrain lies a very convoluted logic: that acute poverty, unemployment and lack of development drives Muslims to become terrorists. But the revelationthat all

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Dhaka attack: Why denouncing the terrorists as being untrue to Islam is completely ineffectual

The prime minister of Bangladesh touched on the terrorist attack in Dhaka while inaugurating a four-lane highway between the capital and the country’s major port city, Chittagong – a symbol of the government’s much vaunted development – as a passing thought early on Saturday. Sheikh Hasina was gracious to spare a minute or two later in the day, to address

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You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis

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Not With a Bang but a Whimper

Sonia Gandhi runs the risk of becoming Bahadur Shah Zafar of the Indian National Congress, feels Surendra Kumar Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last recognisable face of the Mughal Empire that lasted over 300 years. Poet at heart, moderate and secular in his outlook, he was popular even among non-Muslim Indians. No wonder, he was invited to lead the first

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Pak teaches children ‘national identity is to hate someone’: Hina Rabbani Khar

Pakistan cannot “conquer Kashmir through war” and the issue can only be handled in an environment of mutual trust with India, former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. Khar, who was foreign minister during 2011-13, said Pakistani children had been taught for six decades that “our national identity is to hate someone” and this had led to hostility with

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Pakistan’s textbooks close door on peaceful future with India: US study

A new study of Pakistani school textbooks backed by a US government commission has concluded their contents will make it virtually impossible for a new generation of Pakistanis to envision a peaceful future with Hindu-majority India. The report “Teaching intolerance in Pakistan: Religious bias in public school textbooks”, released this week and sponsored by the US Commission on International Religious

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