Here is the main difference between a Pakistani soap and Indian soap

Over the last few years, Pakistani soaps have found popularity across the border for, among other things, having a finite episode limit and letting characters go to bed and wake up without tonnes of makeup. It’s also the place where Fawad Khan, who some might call Pakistan’s best import, found his footing before he arrived […]

A son’s tribute to his beloved parents

 Parents are the only people who stand by us throughout our life. They love us and nurture us. They equip us with knowledge and shape us into who we become. They make endless sacrifices for us. Sadly, as we grow up, we get caught up with the numerous engagements of life, and forget to appreciate […]

Lethal Toll of Non-lethal Weapons

On April 21, 23-year-old Hilal Ahmad Ganai, of Barpora, Pulwama, was hit by pellets in his chest, head and face after police fired air guns towards the youth protesting against the vandalisation of the local graveyard. He was brought to Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar where doctors said his right eye had lost […]

Kashmir: A Water War in the Making?

IN Cameron Stracher’s 2011 novel The Water Wars, Vera and her brother Will struggle to survive in a country that has collapsed from an environmental cataclysm. The authorities hoard water, dam rivers, and even exploit clouds as glaciers vanish and polar ice caps melt. In their bid to find their lost friend, both the characters […]

What the media calls people who kill policemen

Nobody knows what to make of them, this army of people who rose up in the heart of a populous city and turned on state forces. Elsewhere – in the jungles of Chhattisgarh, the chowks of the Kashmir Valley or the hills of Manipur – they would have been called terrorists, militants, insurgents, leftwing extremists. […]

How Muslim Governments Impose Ignorance

I recently spent a few days in Malaysia, where I was promoting the publication of the Malay edition of my book, “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.” The publisher, a progressive Muslim organization called the Islamic Renaissance Front, had set up several talks for me in Kuala Lumpur. As any author would be, […]

My Tryst With The Past

The blessed month of Ramazan is here. Once again we will fast from dawn to dusk, once again we will seek our Lord’s forgiveness and once again we will hope for his blessings. Much has changed since my childhood. We have a completely different way of living now, very different from how our grandparents or even […]

The Right Way to Observe Ramazan

ISTANBUL — THE Islamic holy month of Ramazan begins today and with it the long hours of fasting by hundreds of millions of Muslims. The daylong fast during the lunar month in which we Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is […]

TRIBUTE : Muhammad Ali Rewrote the Rule Book

The descriptor “icon” is vastly overused in these celebrity-fixated times, but it could have been invented for Muhammad Ali, who has died aged 74. Thirty-five years after he threw his last punch in the ring, Ali is still front of mind in any discussion of the most-important sportsman ever. He does not occupy this status […]