How Association With Corrosive Power Mutated Idea Of Sufism

The idea of 'Sufism', which in its present form has little to do with saints and their teachings, has long mutated with the association of those helming shrines purely by virtue of heredity with corrosive power, patronage, and vanity When Mardan Shah, better known as Pir Pagara, died in 2012 in Pakistan’s Sindh province, it … Continue reading How Association With Corrosive Power Mutated Idea Of Sufism

Saraswati: Hindu Centrepiece of Muslim Indonesia’s Embassy

The interest that the Saraswati statue on the premises of the Indoneisan embassy in Washington DC generated pushed me to know more about Indonesia, which is home to 12.7 percent of Muslims globally and is governed by five foundational principles including humanitarianism, democracy, and social justice

How Urdu-Speaking Muhajir Domination Shaped Pakistan

Urdu-Speaking Muhajirs accounted for 3.5 percent of united Pakistan’s population in the 1960s but they occupied 21 percent of the positions in the civil services that helped them shape the country in its infancy including through the adoption of their mother tongue as the national language

Mulayam Singh Yadav: Social Justice Champ, Hindu Nationalist Nemesis

Yadav was catapulted to the highest echelons of power when he forged a formidable alliance of Muslims and the communities (around 85 percent of the population) historically disadvantaged under the Hindu caste system in the 1980s and 1990s. Congress’s failure in protecting Muslims when they faced increasing violence as the Hindu nationalists vied for power worked in helping Yadav cement the alliance.