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Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

By Ubaidulla Thangal, Management Professional
Location India India

Lakshadweep is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea off the southwestern coast of India. India has witnessed new economic and political contours with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Lakshadweep group of islands, consisting of 36 coral islands spread across the Arabian Sea of which 10 islands are inhabited and the rest are uninhabited, are arguably one of the most beautiful unexplored terrains in the world. The groups of islands are geographically situated at the […]

January 26, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, India, Travel
The Clash Within and Without

The Clash Within and Without

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

In the past there were few Muslim intellectuals in Western academia who were bridges between the West and East. For the last few decades, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Muslims have faced multiple challenges. The world was pushed into another hostile environment by the force of narratives obviously manipulated by the powerful capitalist class in Western industrialized societies. They refurbished the old model of the clash of history and of the recent […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine was an unjustified act of violence. Those carrying out the attack meant to infuse a vicious circle of hatred and divide, and may have succeeded in doing so. However, as common citizens of this world we need to avoid pointing fingers and instead unite as the one human race against this vicious aim. Violence is not a response to such acts, especially if those targeted are innocent civilians. […]

January 16, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

Poem: Waiting For Your Entrance

By Aziz Ejaz, Writer
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Dedicated to a daughter of a missing person The clay made-dreams of a kid Grow flowery spikes in each remembrance Ever since you promised for a gift Why don’t you come back shortly? She has waited, waiting and will wait In every single jiffy of absurd reminiscences, She made a castle with a shabby walls around She has bade all her friends once And now calling them over As she dreamt your entrance in preceding […]

January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Pakistan, poetry
Charlie Hebdo: Understand, Everyone Doesn’t Get The Joke

Charlie Hebdo: Understand, Everyone Doesn’t Get The Joke

By Gajanan Khergamker, Independent Editor and Legal Counsel
Location India India

Charlie Hebdo has been far harsher with Christianity than it has with Islam. Within 24 hours of the killing, £195,000 ($300,000 USD) had been earmarked to support Charlie Hebdo by the Digital Press Fund, paid for by Google. French media groups including Le Monde, France Télévisions and Radio France, are also understood to be working on a plan to contribute a similar amount, urging other media outlets to join in offering humanitarian and financial support. […]

January 12, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, France
My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

What we need now is a “narrative of dialogue and coexistence.” The terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, though not surprising, is yet another blow to Europe’s multiculturalism. The murderers, who are alleged Islamist terrorists, once again pose pertinent questions to those who believe in a free and pluralistic society. It is a difference of world views, between secular Europe and extremist Muslims. The former takes freedom of “all expression” for granted while […]

Three Poems by Romi Jain

Three Poems by Romi Jain

By Romi Jain, Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs
Location India India

Three poems from Romi Jain, a published poet, novelist, and vice president of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs. 1.  The Diary The scribbled bits of paper swirled in a storm and littered a black carpet: the ashes in a nude forest, interspersed with dry hails. The upturned edges made a futile exercise to understand the thoughts that lay unknown, until scooped out for the exclusive reader—me. “Have this diary then… brand new, and keep it […]

January 8, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, poetry