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The rise of an intolerant society

How did we become so brutally intolerant? What led us to this despicable state? Over the last couple of months, Pakistan has reported violence against Christians, desecration of a Hindu…

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.…

Religious tourism

For the first time in Canada’s national history, November is being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month. The resolution, presented by Chandra Arya, a Hindu member of the Canadian parliament, to…

A society under stress

While we know about the level of political dichotomy in the country and the hatred that has crept up between political parties and their supporters with the use of the…

Religious extremist terrorism’s spread

Recent events in Mozambique centring on religious extremist terrorists seizing Pemba, the capital of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, which triggered a mass exodus of local people and foreigners…

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…

Monika and our broken society

The chilling case of the rape and murder of seven-year-old domestic worker Monika Larik in Khairpur, Sindh, reflects much of what is wrong with our society. The poor child went…

Sectarianism & civil society

NOTHING is more challenging for a state than maintaining social harmony during times of religious discord and hatred. The challenge becomes more uncertain when civil society and other stakeholders become…

Lonely society

MANY causes have been sought for increasingly divisive politics: the false promise of neoliberalism and globalisation; resource scarcity; the 24/7 news cycle; soaring displacement, etc. But what if the answer…

Faith And Civil Society

Faith and civil society

In my previous article in these pages (July 8, 2019), I discussed the paradox of collective freedom in faith-based communities. The article led to a heated debate around the existential…