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The man who was not a terrorist

‘My name is khan and I’m not a terrorist’. This tagline of a popular Bollywood film evokes a myriad of emotions and political connotations. It alludes to the chasm between two socio-cultural forces; the West and the Islamic world, which pervades at both the institutional and human level.  It feigns the yearning of the ‘moderate’ Muslim, to break out of the shackles of stereotypes in the wake of an ever-growing xenophobia in the West, fomented by ongoing episodes of terrorist plots targeting western interests and people. Furthermore, it illuminates the aspiration of such Muslims to transcend the archaic, rigid ...

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9 reasons why I am not a Twilight fan

1. The length: One fine morning Stephanie Meyer woke up from a nightmare and told herself she could write. The product was the Twilight series. Inundated with horrible grammatical errors and overused adjectives the plot (or lack thereof) has been extended over four books. It  is excruciating. 2.Pedophilia: If it isn’t a seventeen year old falling in love with an old vampire, it is a werewolf falling for an infant. The author needs therapy for her convoluted imagination. 3. The hype: The frenzy around the books is inexplicable. What I fail to understand is how and when the human brain stooped ...

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Don’t put a label on it

Islamic centre or mosque? Obama, Muslim or Christian? Flood aid, Indian or not? Why exactly does it matter? In the twenty-first century, labels still define us and somehow they seem to be more important than the ‘bigger picture’. As individual groups, Muslims and Pakistanis have allowed labels to divide themselves, creating disunity which allows for instability. In the case of Pakistanis, a society that acts so quickly and effectively to help fellow citizens in a time of crisis, it doesn’t make sense that Pakistanis would let labels divide themselves to the extent that they have. Pakistanis have a multi-layered and faceted society, and ...

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Sherani, a quack, nominated as head of experts?

There is a council of Islamic ideology in Pakistan that advises the government and legislative bodies on laws that are repugnant to Islam. Maulana Sherani, a rural maulvi from Baluchistan, without any academic credentials, has been appointed the chairman of the council replacing Dr Khalid Masud, a PhD from Mcgill University. Insani Huqooq Ittehad (Human rights alliance), a body consisting of 30 NGOs demanded that the decision to appoint Maulana Sherani must be repealed because it contravenes the criterion laid out for such an appointment. But the nomination of Sherani to please JUI(F), a belligerent ally, raises concerns. It is reminiscent ...

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