The State, India and Kashmir.

Raleigh-Srinagar A friend left Raleigh for Sringar to spend his summers and quite characteristically the echoes coming out of the valley were the thud of pellet guns. After a hiatus of fifteen days, he shot a resentful message describing the extent of Indian brutalities. If India had any goodwill in the valley it has been […]

Tawdry Tarek, the Fatwa of Fatah

Tawdry Tarek The inalienable part of growing up in the provincial India of 90’s in a family that was conscious about education, was a daily Hindi bulletin at 9:00pm. A panel of dignified experts weighed in on socio-political issues and its political lexicon was tempered by a chivalrous consensus, where dog whistles were not used […]

Not the way things were

Before I’m accused of plagiarism, to declare that the caption is a rip off of Aatish Taseers’ latest fiction “The way things were.” Since, the country is talking about the culture of growing intolerance, I am not untouched by its contamination. An objective analysis demands an academic detachment form the subject, however I can’t claim to be impervious […]

I, Ex-Muslims and Muslims.

Originally posted on Saad Hassan:
I I have always refrained from treading a tendentious territory- the debate between Muslims and Ex-Muslims, partly because of my ambivalent ideology and partly because of the unsolicited ad hominem attacks that one has to endure. I was born in a religious family and my mother till this day remains devoutly religious.…

I, Ex-Muslims and Muslims.

I I have always refrained from treading a tendentious territory- the debate between Muslims and Ex-Muslims, partly because of my ambivalent ideology and partly because of the unsolicited ad hominem attacks that one has to endure. I was born in a religious family and my mother till this day remains devoutly religious. During my formative years I displayed […]

Both of us emerge looking bad.

When I came across this demeaning message, I for once felt revolted, and went hysterical about the provocative nature of the slander directed at “Liberal Muslim”. I cursed Reagan and his insidious smear campaign against liberals, which has been appropriated by various political regimes as a tool to vilify liberals. I couldn’t prevent my political consciousness […]