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Historic opportunity for Iran to make a fresh start

  • Iran finds itself in the media spotlight for all the right reasons, for a change. The smooth and event-free presidential elections in June surprised many, including the Iran 'experts' in the West. This time around the breathless excitement that had marked the international media...
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A new United Nations for a new world order

  • Remember Muammar Qaddafi? of course, who could forget the inimitable colonel and his matchless antics at home and abroad! There are lessons for all those given to delusions of grandeur in the tragic end of the Libyan leader that came far from his seat of power. Qaddafi died like he lived —...
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Why secularism is the most abused word today

  • NDTV’s Barkha Dutt did a fine piece in Hindustan Times last week. Bemoaning the continuing degeneration of Indian politics coupled with the rise of the Right, she voiced eminent jurist Fali Nariman’s concerns raised in the recent National Integration Council meet in Delhi. Meeting in the wake of...
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Saffronization of India

  • Faiz had said this in a different age and for a different country but it still rings as true and contextual to our circumstances as all great poetry is: Nisaar main teri galiyon pe ai watan ke jahanChali hai rasm ke koi na sar utha ke chaleJo koi chahane wala tawaaf ko nikaleNazar chura ke chale...
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Circle of hell called Syria

  • The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year this March, a fact barely registered around the world. Syria may not have entirely disappeared from the radars of the world community and world powers but the focus and direction of their engagement has certainly shifted. The international focus is no...
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The two ideas of India

  • Nisaar main teri galiyon pe aye watan ke jahanChali hai rasm ke koi na sar utha ke chaleJo koi chahne wala tawaaf ko nikleNazar chura ke chale; jism-o-jan bacha ke chaleHai ahle dil ke liye ab yeh nazm-e-basto kushadKe sang-o-khisht muqayyad hain aur sag aazadBohat hai zulm ke dast-e-bahana ju ke...
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Save AMU, save India

  • It is said that in his quest to establish a world-class university for Muslims, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan would stop at nothing. Like all men possessed, he lived, talked and thought about his dream until he realized it. Having invested everything he had in his life mission, he went around with a...
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A battle for India’s soul

  • Isn’t it strange that the BJP-led nationalist government has turned to a hated colonial law that the British repeatedly used to punish thousands of Indian freedom fighters including Gandhi and which Nehru condemned in parliament as ‘highly objectionably and obnoxious’? But stranger things have...
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Who really poses a threat to the world peace?

  • I wonder what people did for fun before the United Nations came into being. With each passing year, the annual General Assembly ritual appears to become more bizarre. The Western media interest in the proceedings of the UN, however, remains superficial despite the world body being headquartered...
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Stealing the Arab Spring

  • Well, it was too good to last. The dream of a democratic Middle East has run into the stony wall of reality, if not totally shattered. After a dream run that has seen four of the most powerful men plucked out of their mighty citadels even as they desperately fought back to hang on in there at any...
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