Asad Mirza

Target Net Zero by 2050

Target Net Zero by 2050

In his new book on Climate Change and its adverse impact in the future, Bill Gates urges everyone to remember two things: Net Zero and 2050.

It seems as if, after having grappled with malaria, HIV, Ebola and COVID-19 the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder has a new passion now, to solve another intractable global problem: Climate Change. Since the start of 2021, Bill Gates had been trying to focus everyone’s attention on the greatest challenge to the humankind i.e. Climate […]

 Asad Mirza

Perceptions of a pro-Modi Indian-American

Perceptions of a pro-Modi Indian-American

The 2020 survey carried out by Carnegie Endowment, tries to find and analyse the reasons for Modi’s popularity in the United States.

Indian-origin American citizens now comprise the second-largest immigrant group in the USA. Over the years with increasing political influence and playing an active role in the US internal politics, this group also tends to be actively involved in the politics of the country of their origin. Since the turn of the twenty-first century the burgeoning […]

 Asad Mirza

The Russian Affair

The Russian Affair

The recent demonstrations in Russia might have raised the West’s hope to see an end to the Russian oligarchy, but it may turn out to be a wishful dream.

Over the last two weeks, many Russian cities including Moscow and St. Petersburg witnessed a second wave of public demonstrations in support of opposition figure Alexei Navalny. However, the demonstrations were mostly against Kremlin’s policies and less in Navalny’s support. In most cities demonstrators expressed frustration with Russia’s coronavirus-related lockdown measures, anti-Putin sentiments and government’s […]

 Asad Mirza

Changing Contours of Indo-US Ties

Changing Contours of Indo-US Ties

After tolerating four years of tantrums, mood swings and fits, bad language, and the worst idiotic and overtly racist behaviour when defeated by any US president, the world keenly awaited the change of power in the oldest democracy in the world when Joe Biden took over as the new American president. Similarly, the world keenly […]

 Asad Mirza

Indian Muslims: Dilemmas and Panacea – Part II

Indian Muslims: Dilemmas and Panacea – Part II

For their community’s benefit Muslim leaders will have to adopt a pragmatic approach and identify path-breaking alternatives for community’s progress.

Fostering a Community psyche The Indian Muslims, as a community, do not possess a common community psyche. They are divided in many factions and no faction is ready to tolerate the other. Community unity, in spite of factionalism is found in abundance in other minorities of the country like Sikhs and Parsis. We have to […]

 Asad Mirza

Indian Muslims: Dilemmas and Panacea – Part I

Indian Muslims: Dilemmas and Panacea – Part I

Indian Muslims since 1947 have faced a continuous onslaught on the community, which have increased in recent times, but the way forward has to be found by the community itself.

It seems as if the Indian Muslims are under a collective siege from the external as well as internal forces and pressures. External pressure is being applied from the outside to weaken it psychologically, lessen the morale of its followers and instead of allowing them to focus their energies on the community’s and country’s progress, […]

 Asad Mirza

72 years of India as a republic

72 years of India as a republic

Asad Mirza In the first year of the new decade, we’ll mark the 75 years of our independence and 72 years of India as a republic, but there are many questions, which assail the common Indian. 75 years after independence and 72 years after India became a republic, instead of feeling ecstatic and consolidating our […]

 Asad Mirza

Qatar-Saudi accord: New era of Arab ties

Qatar-Saudi accord: New era of Arab ties

The recent rapprochement between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and other GCC members may have positive fallout on the regional relations and balance of power.

With Saudi Arabia and Qatar signing a friendly bond that ended the three-year long economic blockade, which Riyadh had imposed on its tiny Gulf neighbour, regional observers see it as a springboard for achieving a greater regional partnership in which other regional players could be brought in to stabilise the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and […]

 Asad Mirza

COVID vaccine: Is it Halal or not?

COVID vaccine: Is it Halal or not?

It’s not only the Muslims, even Hindus and Jews have raised questions about the use of the COVID vaccine, due to prohibited substances in its composition.

Even before the COVID vaccination process starts in India. The Indian Muslims have courted another controversy. The question is whether they’ll be amenable to get vaccinated or not, as there are reports that the proposed vaccines may not be halal as per the Islamic dietary laws. Muslims, Jews and even Hindus have questioned the composition […]

 Asad Mirza

Brexit: Finale at last!

Brexit: Finale at last!

The British public will have to face the repercussions of the sordid Brexit saga, mostly based on lies, during the pandemic times.

On 31 December 2020, at 11 pm UK time and 12 pm Brussels time, four years, 27 weeks and two days after a referendum that split the UK almost down the middle in 2016, the curtains on the Brexit saga, finally came down, as the UK left the embrace of the European Union (EU) in […]

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