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Insaf ka mandir
Published on : Sunday, October 03, 2010
The issue behind the Ayodhya issue is not so much the partition of the disputed land into a third each, but the logic behind it. The government should declare that an international competition will be held for a design of a multi-faith site with a mandir and a masjid plus a neutral space for whatever the Nirmohi akhara wishes to do, writes Meghnad Desai in The Indian Express.
Force of faith trumps law and reason in Ayodhya case
Published on : Friday, October 01, 2010
If left unamended by the Supreme Court, the legal, social and political repercussions of the judgment are likely to be extremely damaging. The court has inadvertently provided a shot in the arm for a political movement that cited the very same “faith” and “belief” to justify its open defiance of the law and the Indian Constitution. Even if a temple was demolished in the 16th century to make way for the Babri Masjid, what legal relevance can that have in the 21st century?, writes Siddharth Varadarajan in The Hindu.
An epic unfolds in Ayodhya
Published on : Monday, September 20, 2010
Six decades back, it was claimed that property of the residing diety belonged to Lord Rama.When the verdict on the issue came, no one seems to care. The change in the public attitude towards the conflict suggests that there is a shift in the values. The lack of interest displayed by the Indian public in the ownership of the site of the former mosque is a sign of progress in India. Historical wrongs can never be corrected, and we should never attempt to do so, writes Barun Mitra in The Wall Street Journal.
Two cheers for American tolerance
Published on : Thursday, August 12, 2010
The mosque controversy shows that America manages its hatreds better than any other country. In India, a Sikh gurudwara could not be erected next to Gandhi's residence, where she was assassinated, against the will of the majority Hindu population. America is more tolerant than any nation and if other countries caught up to this tolerant attitude, it would be a huge leap for mankind, writes Shikha Sood Dalmia in Forbes.
Vargas Llosa on the "Ground Zero Mosque"
Published on : Wednesday, August 11, 2010
New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission rightly decided not to designate the building at 45 Park Place. There is a campaign against it, which opposes the ideas of tolerance, private property and pluralism. They evoked the sensitivity of relatives of victims, but it misses the fact that a few dozen Muslims too died in the 9/11 incident. It should also be said that the opinion on the issue varies among the relatives of victims. More importantly, people should have the right to override private property rights, writes Alvaro Vargas Llosa in The Independent Institute.
India's Government By Quota
Published on : Friday, April 30, 2010
India's lesson is that abrogating individual rights through group preferences or quotas institutionalizes the very divisions that these policies are supposed to erase. Human prejudice can't be legislated away. That requires social activism to coax, cajole and shame people out of their intolerance. There are no short cuts, writes Shikha Dalmia in The Wall Street Journal.
Peace,Not Partition
Published on : Friday, April 23, 2010
The core issue for Pakistan is Kashmir.But the core issue for India is not just terrorism but protecting our pluralist democracy.Kashmir is not mere territory to be kept under Indian jurisdiction at all costs, writes Madhu Kishwar in The Times Of India.
Silence makes the peaceful majority irrelevant
Published on : Sunday, December 14, 2008
The original title of this article was “Why The Peaceful Majority Is Irrelevant”, by Paul E. Marek of Saskatoon, Canada. Mr Marek is a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. This was published on his blog, Celestial Junk, on 20 February of 2006. We are reposting it here in the aftermath of the terror strike in Mumbai, because of the continuous relevance of this piece. Throughout history, minority of extremists have been able to capture the agenda thro’ violence, as the peaceful majority became irrelevant by their silence.


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