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The danger of conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism

The danger of conflating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism

Enfolding criticism of Israel within the definition of anti-Semitism would risk rendering the word meaningless.

By: Ian Almond I still remember the shock I felt when, at the age of 12, my teacher told me the word “joo” I had just spoken, which I had thought to mean to lie or cheat, was actually “Jew” and was anti-Semitic. Throughout my British childhood, I had used that word casually and frequently, […]

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The risk in Imran Khan’s Pakistan

The risk in Imran Khan’s Pakistan

His ambition to establish an Islamic welfare state might get muddled , and produce more religious agenda than welfare

By: Ayesha Siddiqa Pakistan is on the verge of getting a new prime minister, the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Many of the social media accounts linked with the Pakistan Army are presenting the victory of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) as a new era in the country’s politics, outlined by the emergence of a non-dynastic leadership (similar […]

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Truth about the Fourth Estate

Truth about the Fourth Estate

The least abusive epithet used for me is that I am a ‘Lootyens’ journalist.

BY: Tavleen Singh Speaking truth to power. These words have been so overused they now sound banal. But, they actually define the fundamental duty of the Fourth Estate, except in the eyes of those who abuse the mainstream media incessantly these days on social media. The words used to censure people like me who work […]

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I am From here From here From here

I am From here From here From here

BY: Sankarshan Thakur The name’s Marten, Pine Marten. Martes martes of gotra. Yes, just that: gotra. Did you by any chance think only you folks had it? And what do you folks have over us, anyhow? Not much, I would think. And what you do have over us is not much use, rotten stuff, destructive […]

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The One Who Controls the Language, Controls the Debate

The One Who Controls the Language, Controls the Debate

Secularism=Anti National

By: MIRZA YAWAR BAIG The one who controls the language, controls the debate. Today Indian Muslims are in a peculiar situation where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. and interestingly it is all a product of language. ‘Secularism’, which was the refuge, not only of Muslims but all those who […]

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Man of the system

Man of the system

Imran Khan’s success will ultimately depend on his ability to pick and choose the right conflict.

By: Asha’ar Rehman This is a phase for the new leader of our country that is going to be replete with ‘how are you different from them?’ questions. There is going to be intensified criticism of PTI gestures, and if they choose to stay their brusque course, lambasting by Imran Khan fans of his critics. […]

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The nuances of 35A

The nuances of 35A

There is a powerful argument for not abrogating the Article. But we must also think beyond the binaries on it.

By: Pratap Bhanu Mehta The political legitimacy of the Indian state in Kashmir hangs on a very slender thread. This thread is the legitimacy of the Instrument of Accession, and the negotiations with Sheikh Abdullah in 1949, which led to the adoption of Article 370. We can heap the easy condescension of posterity on the […]

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The Kashmir flashpoint

The Kashmir flashpoint

It goes without saying that regional peace depends on resolving the Kashmir dispute.

By: Malik Muhammad Ashraf Life in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) almost came to a standstill earlier this week due to the shutdown call given by the Hurriyat leaders against the move to abrogate Article 35-A of the Indian constitution. Kashmiris believe that the constitutional provision will pave the way for a change in the demographic […]

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Can we draw any lessons from Pak elections?

Can we draw any lessons from Pak elections?

By: TOUSEEF RAINA One can’t help but congratulate the masses of Pakistan for giving such a historic mandate to the cricketer turned politician- Imran Khan- in recently concluded Pakistan general elections. Being viewed as a mandate against fanaticism, exclusivity and hegemonic rule, the international community seems upbeat at this development in the history of Pakistan. […]

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A reversal of roles

A reversal of roles

By: Imtiaz Alam In a hung parliament, our hero Imran Khan is going to face a grand alliance of a formidable opposition. With a lead of almost four million votes over the PML-N, thanks to the absence of Nawaz Sharif and the timidity displayed by Shahbaz Sharif, Imran Khan’s PTI won 116 NA seats as […]

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