Counterview: Not all Islam is Islamofascism, but Islamofascism is in fact Islam

To call Islamofascism opponents Islamophobic, suggests that there is only one way to be a Muslim and only one kind of Islam.

by Nazneen Sayyad & Sajida Sheikh

We are activist-scholars: precisely the kind who are criticised by the Muslim right. As members of the Feminist Critical Muslim Studies Collective, we are committed to examining how the religion called “Islam” has been constructed, both in academic research and in Muslim communities. We write both as religious studies scholars and as independent women scholars who start from a secular…


The Nirbhaya Case Convicts (above)

They killed another girl today
After the one the day before
Beaten, tortured first
And then killed, slowly

Who killed them, you ask
Why, their families,
Fathers, brothers, uncles
Even their mothers

Why, you ask. Why?
I too ask, why?
Perhaps they hate girls
All girls, any girls.

She wore jeans, they said
Talked to boys
Wanted to study
Wanted to work, they said

Women should stay home
Cook, tend the house
Look after the babies
And their in laws

But work! Unheard of!
Shameful, the disgrace!
What will the neighbours say? …


Where do you go when you are dead?

Most of us are not sure where we are going in life. After all who can predict the future? But most of us are quite clear where we are going when we are dead. And I do not mean the cremation ground or the cemetery, but where what remains after that process, is going.

I find that amazing. You do not know what will happen to you five minutes from now. …


Signed off today
on my last flight
After forty four years
Have flown my last kite

Glorious? Well, maybe
But I had fun
And killed no one
And that’s important

Up before dawn
Wheels up at sunrise
Flying into a new day
Fields and houses zipping past

Or at dusk into a darkening sky
Lights coming on slowly
Twinkling lights below
Starlight winking above

But it was fun and I loved it
Looping the loop
Slowly through a roll
And down to a kisser landing

The thunder of our guns
The aircraft shuddering
The whoosh of a rocket
The joy of a direct…


Roberto de Nobili — the Brahmin of Madurai

Who is Speedy, you ask. Well it’s me.

Cows are sacred in India, whether dead or alive.

Cows are sacred to Hindus. In fact the cow is seen by Western writers and tourists as the very image of an unchanging India. Pictures of cows nonchalantly chewing the cud as they lie sprawled across roads, casually blocking traffic, as people and cars make their way around them, are the stock of Western journalism. Of course, the idea of India is also associated with naked fakirs, snakes, tigers and dirt — a typical Western view of the Third World. …


Short Thin Tall Fat
They were all of that
I saw them in the evening
Dressed to kill or so they thought

Beauty they say is skin deep
Did someone say ugliness is too?
If they did I didn’t hear that
Short Thin Tall Fat

Trying hard, dressed to kill
In dresses that didn’t cover the bill
Short Thin Tall Fat
Why blame them for trying?

Some are lucky and looked at
No one knows why
Others long to be but are not
No one knows why

Type of nose
Colour of skin
Shape of eye
Size of butt

All…


“President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

In the period before 1863, most blacks were slaves and as such merely property. Then there were those who had been freed by their masters and were now freemen and their descendants. There were also those blacks who were not of American extraction, free blacks from other countries. To each, different laws applied. …


For a civilization supposedly as ancient as ours, we have very little written history. Though we have ‘itihasas’, there seems to be no evidence of a critical study of the past. Whatever little we know of our ‘glorious’ past has been thanks to foreign travellers and later, the British. The idea of India as a nation was largely a nineteenth century development. …


As I have narrated in a previous post, I was suddenly nominated as special emissary to the Queen by the PMO and met her Majesty in Buckingham Palace with a special communication from PM Narendra Modi.

I had no special qualifications for the job, but it seems that some of my pieces in certain international journals had not passed unnoticed.

The meeting with the Queen had gone off well and she had seemed receptive to the Indian proposals. Anyway I understood that there were plans for a more detailed meeting in New Delhi later that year.

Thereafter as briefed, I…


“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness: — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the governed; that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, & to institute new Government, laying it’s Foundation on such Principles, & organizing it’s Powers in such Form, as to them shall…

Ramesh Sukumaran

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