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Religious minorities’ woes

Amidst all the kerfuffle about general elections looming on the horizon, our attention has been diverted (inadvertently or deliberately?) from the continuing plight of religious minorities in our society. Consider.…

Community resilience

Extremism is the deadliest emerging threat to global security, rights, peace, well-being, and sustainability. The rise in extremism in various regions of the world is caused by inequalities and an…

Religious bigotry

Priyantha Kumara was my country’s proud foreign worker. He hailed from Sri Lanka, and practised a faith alien to many of us. Those were his brief but illustrative credentials, as…

Stoking religious sentiments

The Indian War of Independence (or the 1857 Indian Mutiny as the British call it) did not start as a "War of Independence" by Indians against Britishers. The British East…

Religious tolerance

The Sultanate of Oman celebrated its 51st National Day on November 18. This date marks the country’s independence from Portuguese imperialism in 1650. This holiday is the beginning of a…

Child marriage and religious thought

Enactment and enforcement of legislation against child marriage has repeatedly run into resistance that claims religious authority. Overcoming this resistance will require a wider intellectual engagement with the foundations and…

Hope For A Religious Corridor

Hope for a religious corridor

The Sikh community the world over is getting ready to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary in November 2019 of the First Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev. Many would-be…

The Sharifs And The Religious Right

The Sharifs and the religious right

Political alarm bells have begun to ring after the recent secondary dissection of the rightist vote bank into sectarian divisions after a period of 40 long years. It was in…

Captain Aladin And Religious Minorities

Captain Aladin and religious minorities

We know that religion is the last refuge of a scoundrel. However, we did not know that our national son-in-law, Captain (r) Safdar, was so keen to join the league…

Politics Of Religious Animosity

Politics of religious animosity

“When even suffering is ignored, there will be seeds of conflict, for suffering degrades, embitters and enrages” said Aung San Suu Kyi – rightly so – in her Nobel Peace…