Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Heading back to the days of Mohammad Gazani, Ghori and Aurangzeb? Sikhs pay Rs 20m as ‘tax’ to Taliban Islamabad: Members of Pakistan’s Sikh community living in the Aurakzai tribal region have paid Rs 20 million as “tax” to the Taliban after militants forcibly occupied some of their homes and kidnapped a Sikh leader. The … Continue reading Sikhs in Pakistan forced to pay Jizia

Under trials : stuck in prison, despite getting bail

A matter of great shame. Judicial processes are teriibly slow and convoluted. It benefits the criminal wonderfully.  Innocents especially the poor are always at the receiving end. Over 40 undertrials stuck in prison, despite getting bail They Can’t Walk Free As They Have None To Stand Surety For Them A Subramani | TNN Chennai: That … Continue reading Under trials : stuck in prison, despite getting bail

Easter : Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears Ashley D’Mello | TNN Mumbai: Avelino Rejoice Dhakul, 81, never fails to bring tears to people’s eyes when he renders the Passion of Christ from the Christa Purana, describing scenes from the crucifixion at the Good Friday service at St Francis Xavier Church, Vile Parle. Dhakul, who has … Continue reading Easter : Christa Purana still moves faithful to tears

Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Gaffar Khan, Suu Kyi, The Dalai Lama were /are  staunch believers in their religion and examples of politics based on compassion and humane values. Then there are 'Secularists", Stalin, Mao, Jinnah, The US administration with their blend of secularism and politics. Ed extracts from TOI Secularists aren’t saints Madhu Purnima … Continue reading Religion and politics do not make as lethal a mix as Politics and violence

Islam and Peace:Muslims must speak in one voice against extremism

An article courtesy  TOI, of  17 March. It is very very rare to see such frank opinions on extremists, root cause for extremism, especially when linked to a religion with more than its share of violence and man made tragedies. Even brave souls like MJ Akbar have not been so forthright in in voicing their … Continue reading Islam and Peace:Muslims must speak in one voice against extremism

Who destroys our forests? The forest department!

Starvation killing jumbos N D Shiva Kumar | TNN Of 105 elephants that died in 2007-08, post-mortem of 22 was done after 10 to 25 days of death. Due to the delay, between 2002 and 2008, the bodies of 23 elephants decomposed and the reason for deaths couldn’t be ascertained. Five elephants died due to … Continue reading Who destroys our forests? The forest department!