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Flavours of Ramadan – Around the world

Flavours of Ramadan: Since the holiest month of Islam is in harness, we thought of taking you through the culinary delicacies of Ramadan. A typical day for the one who keeps a roza starts with a meal followed by a strict fast until sundown when after the evening prayer, the fast is broken with a communal gathering to enjoy the Iftar feast. It is believed that Prophet Mohammad broke his fast by eating 3 dates. But fortunately, you don’t have to curb your appetite, because here is a list of…

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Things that should be banned in India following all religious sentiments

The 42nd Amendment to the Constitution of India enacted in 1976 amended the Preamble to assert that India was a secular nation. This meant that the State would not mingle with religious sentiments regarding its affairs, and all religious communities would be subjected to equal rights and laws. Yet the reality remains starkly different. In India, there is no universally applicable code of law; the concept of Personal Laws for Islamic communities prevails giving rise to many social problems like child marriage, polygamy and unequal inheritance laws. On the other…

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The Most Persecuted Community – #HangAyazNizami

Ayaz Nizami’s website, for the Atheist and Agnostic Alliance Pakistan, is now defunct. In Twitter, however, a hashtag is much in vogue – #HangAyazNizami. Some want him hanged, others cite these expounders as proof of the backward nation the mysterious Nizami hails from, and their inherently barbaric religion. There never was any person called Ayaz Nizami – it was an alias adopted to critique religion and preach rationality on online forums. The initiators ended up arrested for blasphemy. A crackdown on blasphemy is not novel in Pakistan. As the state takes on…

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Them and Us – The Hatred of the Other – And the City of Joy

Idols are constantly being built in this city where tradition and culture are dearly held. Pandals always emerging on roads that you didn’t think had any extra room, and people are always in preparation for a festival; for a day of Bhagwan (God). “What were you doing at MG road?”, asks my friend when he hears that I bought fruits from there at 9 p.m. My uncle advises me to take the train home as opposed to the metro, to avoid the musholmaan (Muslim) area. I, on the other hand,…

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Central? Censor Board of Film Certification

“Lady-oriented” is a term that had the capacity to be India’s “nasty woman”. As a queer feminist, I delighted in the various implications the phrase has to offer, and it is a phrase with the catchy appeal that legendary taglines are made of. The irony, however, is that it was a term used to suppress, not endorse something – being one of the many objections the Central…err, rather the ” Censor Board of Film Certification ” had to lay on Prakash Jha’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha.” Other objections include “contanious…

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Sufi Music - The Other Side of Islam Culture Featured Politics Society 

Sufi Music : The Other Side of Islam

The path of love is not an easy one, it is complicated and delicate, for it is the love rather than the fear of God that lies at the heart of Sufism, the other side of Islam. In an age where terrorism and anarchy hog up the news channels and hatred and condemnation creates fences among people, it is sometimes, music, which offers refuge to the innocuous people. Before anybody could insist Sufism as an Islamic dominant movement, I’d like to convey that music transcends all religion. It is beyond…

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