A Pir And His Priceless Possessions

Radha Krishna Geet in Persian
Amidst the crowded by-lanes of Old Ahmedabad city, in an obscure corner, lies the Pir Mohammad Shah Dargah Trust. You may almost miss its entrance – an ancient stone and mortar arched doorway, partly hidden by the motley shops sprawled around it. Inside the gate lie the dargah, masjid and qutubkhana (library) complex. Continue reading A Pir And His Priceless Possessions

The Indo-US Nuclear Deal And Some Sane Voices

Picture of Manmohan Singh with Geaorge BushThe Indo-US nuclear deal has generated a lot of media interest and political upheaval in India. As I surfed through web pages dedicated to the deal, there were some expert opinions worth sharing. But first a quick quick roundup of the deal-
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Jaane Tu… And The New Khan On The Block

Poster Jaane Tu So after much efforts I did manage to see Amir Khan productions’ much awaited ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. I expected it to be a good film and sure it was. One of the main reason for its success is the talented scriptwriter Abbas Tyrewala who both wrote and directed the movie. It could have been the usual affair had it not been the the script and some fine performances.
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The Soul-Bird Symbol In Sufi Literature

Equating the human soul with a bird is found in myth and mystical literature all over the world. From Hallaj to Sanai and Rumi, Persian mystical poetry has used the symbol of the Bird, beautifully. The human soul, like a bird can choose to remain caged in this perishable body or fly towards Liberation. Continue reading The Soul-Bird Symbol In Sufi Literature

The “Angry Hindus” And The Muslims

HaridwarDay in and day out the “angry Hindus” charge the power structure in India with the allegation that the Muslim community is being appeased and the government is eager to go out of its way to please Muslims. Since currently it is not possible to blame Muslims for oppressing Hindus, the attack is launched against the government for minoritism. Continue reading The “Angry Hindus” And The Muslims

SEWA – The Abodana for Muslim Women

Mandali member block printingWithin the pols of Ahmedabad’s old city area (pols are enclosed residential localities with a maze of winding streets), everything appears to be normal – the narrow lanes with stray cows lingering at corners, hawkers vying for space with the traffic along claustrophobic by lanes, clothes hung to dry out on ramshackle balconies with potted plants in old, rusted tin cans, women busy with house hold work. Continue reading SEWA – The Abodana for Muslim Women

Nuke deal or no deal: let Indian Muslim speak

Indian Muslims are not mute; they can articulate and argue their position. Therefore, instead of CPI(M), SP, or BSP we present educated Indian Muslims who have some understanding of the nuclear deal and what it means for India. We present in their own words, reasons for their support or opposition to India-US nuclear deal. Continue reading Nuke deal or no deal: let Indian Muslim speak