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A former expat's reflections on Makkah

Columbus, May 7: On our way to Makkah from Jeddah, I was surprised at the traffic. What was wrong? Everyone was actually driving within the speed limit and in their lanes. There were no cars on the shoulder. I was here for Umrah from the United States, visiting the Kingdom after seven years.

“There are...

Ph.D. holder jobless after eight years in prison

There have been some famous prison memoirs, but Dr. Anwar Ali Javed Ali Khan's took an educational tack. His book “Learn Urdu in 30 days,” now into its third edition, is quite popular and he gets requests from as far as the U.S. for this primer of sorts. If Dr. Khan didn't pour out grim reminiscences...

Foster Hindu parents bring up Farzana in Islamic tradition

When they marry off their daughter Farzana on Sunday, Madhava Reddy and Lakshmi Reddy will have set a new benchmark for secularism. The couple raised Farzana, who lost her parents, from the age of four as their own child and according to Islamic traditions

Take heart. All is not lost yet. There are still...

Blast triggers war of words ahead of Karnataka polls

JUST A day after the Boston Marathon terror attack and less than a month after twin blasts rocked Hyderabad, 17 people were injured in a low-intensity blast near the Karnataka BJP's office in Bengaluru. Among the injured were 11 policemen who had been deployed there as it was the last day of filing nominations for the upcoming Assembly election...

Nationalism, Kingdoms and Kings Looking at Shivaji and Rana Pratap

The legend of some of the kings continues in different forms and is used by different political formations. These political formations draw their identity from the past and project it on the present. These sectarian streams have been using the names of different kings and glorifying them in various ways. There is a hidden message of a politics...

Myanmar Communal Violence- a Set back to Democratic Process

Most of the countries of South Asia have faced the barbaric problem of violence targeted against religious minorities. The form of this may have been different, but the outcome has been similar, the brutality against religious minorities, violence against innocent human beings. The current times (Mid 2013) may be one of the worst when in the spate...

Woman gives birth in exam hall

Lucknow, May 3: A 23-year-old woman delivered a baby in the examination hall at a government school in Azamgarh on Tuesday. The student was taking the class X UP board Sanskrit exam at the Intermediate College, Sathiyaon in Azamgarh.

According to reports, Poonam, who is studying in class X in Indravati Devi Senior Secondary School,...

Re-Redefining Hinduism

While defining religion is a theological exercise, many a times the tribunals and judges are pontificating on the nature of Hindusim on the basis of common sense and their own perceptions of it. Many of these perceptions are dictated by the contemporary politics, which wants to present Hinduism in a different light. It was a great surprise that a recent...

HP ElitePad 900 review: Smart & useful

New Delhi, Mar 16: HP has launched its ElitePad 900 tablet in India that is aimed at enterprise consumers. The company aims to make it the device of choice for business users who may oterwise opt for an Apple iPad because of the convenience it offers - merging a laptop and a tablet in a handy package with a...

People Respect Sayedee, So They're Protesting The Verdict'- interview with Bangla Jamaat-e-Islami leader

The Jamaat-e-Islami is said to be the cause of the present instability in Bangladesh. Many of its leaders are now being tried for alleged crimes committed during the liberation struggle of 1971. There is also a growing mood in the country to isolate and ban the Jamaat. The acting secretary-general of Bangladesh Jam­aat-e-Islami (BJI), Rafiqul Islam Khan, spoke to Pranay...