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Gujarat model for madrasas

Modi and Madrasa… Sounds odd? The one an anathema to the other? That’s what the Congress, RJD, SP, BSP and other divisive parties like the TMC besides self-appointed messiahs of the Indian Muslim community would like us to believe.

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Why Deobandis are militant in Pak, not in India

Here's a tale of two madarsas: one Deoband north of Delhi, the other in Akora Khattak, Pakistan. Today in Deoband, at the madarsa where it all began in 1866, the 4,000 students focus on religion. 

Flout the fatwa

A fatwa by the Darul Uloom Deoband has again put the common Indian Muslim in a bind. According to the fatwa, saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” is not in consonance with Islam — representing the country as a goddess and raising slogans hailing her are forbidden.

It isn't about money: poverty and democracy in India

I am an outsider in politics, as I described myself in my political memoir. Somehow I have not written about two very precious experiences as a three-term parliamentarian in my book. Recent shameful episodes revealing the influence of money in politics have engendered a sense of cynicism about the quality of our democracy. It is this disenchantment with politics that brought back memories of two heart-warming moments in my election campaigns.

Bhangra, books and bonhomie

Pakistan is going through a difficult period in its history. “We are engaged in an active war,” said Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistan’s articulate former foreign minister, in her keynote address at the just-concluded Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF).

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.

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Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

A Chinese company has submitted the feasibility study report of a proposed monorail in Kathmandu city, taking forward China’s efforts to develop infrastructure in Nepal, as they are seekin...

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