Author: zahid-jamil

Muslim engagement in India

Indian Muslims face a huge dilemma in the current political environment in the country. They are the second largest community within the country, the second largest Muslim population in the world. Yet, they seem to have lost on every front, including the right to have any voice or say in the functioning of the great democratic nation, they belong to. They have been sidelined by manipulative political groups who found an opportunity to exploit sentiments of the majority community. The Hindu nationalists propagated the idea of taking revenge of one thousand years of Muslim rule in India and partition of the nation...

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Freedom of speech, a farce in todays world

The concept of Freedom of speech is increasingly becoming a farce in the modern world. The Wallabies star Israel Folau has been sacked by Rugby Australia for expressing his religious belief about homosexuals. The matter was dragging on for the past few weeks. A hearing has found that he committed a “high-level breach” of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct over controversial social media posts.Advertisements Christian beliefs are not different from Islamic beliefs in many life matters. A devout Catholic, Israel Folau will end up losing millions of dollars and a great sporting career for mentioning what is written...

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Fighting extremist forces from within

The past few decades have seen a rise in religious extremism around the world. The religious extremists built their ideologies against the tenets of their own religion and actively engage in hate campaigns radicalising their youth to engage in terrorist activity. Extremist Muslims took lead in this phenomenon as the invasion of their territories by Western powers provided a golden opportunity to spread their hate campaigns and brainwash young minds. However, at large, these extremist groups failed to gain political strength within their countries as Muslim masses rejected their methodology of violence and intimidation, especially against innocent people. They...

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Democratic governance: A critical analysis

Recent years have seen the election of a number of corrupt, mischievous, criminal and manipulative con men as leaders in many democracies. The parliaments in many democratic nations are filled by the elected members with corrupt and criminal records and inadequate qualifications who are given the task of running important portfolios. These leaders have looted their nations, built enormous wealth for their families, showed little empathy towards large sections of poor masses while working for the rich and in the interest of major corporations.Advertisements The current President of the most powerful nation Donald Trump is accused of massive fraud against...

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Indians reject politics of division and hate

The opposition Congress Party has beaten PM Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party in three key northern states indicating that the Indian electorate is shunning divisive politics ahead of the general elections next year. The results declared in early December of recently held states elections brought relief to most Indians in general and Muslims and other minorities in particular as the ruling Hindu nationalist party suffered heavy defeat ahead of the national elections to be held during the first half of 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party lost power in three key northern States of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya...

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