Neighbors Envy and “Owners” Pride, Australia Has it All.

Neighbors Envy and “Owners” Pride, Australia Has it All.

he West, as an entity, a region but more importantly as an idea might be in decline but the neo West refuses to be occluded by the blights that define the former. This assertion might seem like meaningless verbiage or an oxymoronish one. But, once broken down, the terms of reference and the meaning will […]

Our (Kashmiris’) Relationship with Dress and Language: Do We Suffer from a Collective Inferiority Complex?

Our (Kashmiris’) Relationship with Dress and Language: Do We Suffer from a Collective Inferiority Complex?

A quasi facetious remark by an acquaintance at a “function” organized by a friend after his return from the Hajj, stares and the giggles that my sartorial tastes elicit, suggest that we, Kashmiris, have a paradoxical relationship with our culture and cultural accoutrements thereof. Let me come to the remark first: at the “function”, I […]

Islam Does Not Need Reform but We Muslims Need to Reform Ourselves

Islam Does Not Need Reform but We Muslims Need to Reform Ourselves

Sovereignty in Islam rests with God. This is an absolute value and no compromise(s) can be brooked here. And, Islam and the Islamic ideal as a transhistorical faith , religion and force beyond question. The idea of reform of Islam in this sense and from this perspective does not arise. The nature of this assertion […]

An Open Letter to the Young: Dare to Dream and Be Yourself!

An Open Letter to the Young: Dare to Dream and Be Yourself!

In a hyper competitive world, “success” is defined in very narrow terms. The online Cambridge university defines it as , “ the achieving of results wanted or hoped for” and “ something that achieves positive results” ( https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/success). The very nature of this definition suggests that there is a large element of subjectivity involved; “success” […]

Kavanaugh’s Confirmation and the United States: A Million Mutinies Now?

Kavanaugh’s Confirmation and the United States: A Million Mutinies Now?

Any system-political, economic, social and cultural-survives and lasts when and if it is legitimate or, in the least, is perceived to be legitimate, fair and just. Of course, these noble ideals cannot be entirely replicated to picture perfection in a given society because social organizations like societies are human constructs and humans are fallible beings. […]

Sublime, Alluringly Enthralling but Yet Transient: An Ode to Autumn in Kashmir

Sublime, Alluringly Enthralling but Yet Transient: An Ode to Autumn in Kashmir

Autumn in Kashmir is surreal, peerless and unmatched. It is not merely the sheer sublime beauty of the season that brings out Kashmir’s multidimensional allure which distinguishes Kashmir’s autumn but its nature as a commentary on life, in general. The ebb and flow of history, civilization , age and, more generally life, is best encapsulated […]

Is Populism the most Authentic Expression of Democracy?

Is Populism the most Authentic Expression of Democracy?

Shorn of accretions, the philosophy undergirding democracy, besides according reason primacy, appears to be best elucidated by the French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, in the form of the “general will”. That is, the will of the people which decides the collective interest or even good. But, while there are obvious issues and problems with this […]

The Muslim Prayer: An Enrapturing Spiritual Experience and an Answer to Existential Issues

The Muslim Prayer: An Enrapturing Spiritual Experience and an Answer to Existential Issues

The fundamental feature(s) of the human condition appear to be the inherent, intrinsic vulnerability and weakness of humankind and uncertainty thereof. Humans might have explored the outer space, landed on the moon, created and developed stupendous inventions and might be on the cusp of an Artificial Intelligence(AI) revolution , but the species remains and is […]

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