articles by Wajahat Qazi

Life

Book Review: 'Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris' is a brilliant account of Kashmir and its convoluted history

Christopher Snedden has written a brilliant account of Kashmir, Kashmiris and the dispute thereof. Any critique of the book would amount to a loose quibble.

World

Sexual abuse by asylum seekers in Cologne: Why all refugees shouldn't be tarred with the same brush

On New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, Germany, a repugnant incident involving asylum seekers happened. New Year revelers, especially women, were targeted by rowdies and hooligans — incidents of sexual abuse and harassment and some violence was reported.

World

Islamic State in Kashmir? Here's why this notion is rooted solely in fiction, not fact

The Government of India last month issued an advisory to states and Union Territories warning of possible Islamic State-backed attacks in India. More recently, Kamlesh Tiwari’s incendiary statements sparked protests which turned nasty; Pro-Pakistan and pro-IS slogans were raised by protestors. Similarly, the waving of IS flags in Srinagar city — especially downtown Srinagar on Fridays — has given rise to speculation that IS may be present in Kashmir.

World

Abbott's Pride and Prejudice: Why the former Australian PM is wrong

Tony Abbott- the deposed Australian Prime Minister- has, in a reference to Islam, stated that ‘not all cultures are equal’ and that the West should assert its superiority over Islam’.

World

Does the India-Pakistan NSA meeting in Bangkok signal the beginning of the end of ‘Open Diplomacy'?

The National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held a secret meeting in Bangkok on Sunday. They discussed a range of issues including peace and security, terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir. Apparently, this meeting was agreed on by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when they met in Paris last week.

World

Identifying the pattern in the California and Paris attacks is easy, but fixing it isn't

The California attackers have been described as the next-door immigrant living the American Dream. The victims invariably have been innocent people. These are not senseless, random acts of violence but carefully thought out and crafted, strategic acts.

World

Murky world of war and Islamic State: Why Putin is upset with Turkey and it's not about the downed jet

Moreover, Vladimir Putin is a shrewd and an astute politician who does not usually let emotion cloud his judgment. Even though Turkey is in a bit of doldrums contemporarily, it, however, remains a key player in the politics of the Middle East.

India

A stitch in time saves nine: Aamir Khan's statement is neither hyperbolic nor motivated

Deconstructed, Aamir Khan's statement is neither hyperbolic nor motivated.

World

Paris attacks are more than just 'blowback: They are a manifestation of the Clash of Civilisations

Multiple causal explanations have been trotted out to explain the abominable attack on Paris that led to the death of 129 people and left scores injured. While some have asserted that the Paris attack is what Chalmers Johnson called ‘blowback’— roughly the reaction to militarisation of foreign policy in the service of imperium and hegemony; others assert a more pedestrian motivation: The attack as a reaction to the so called ‘Global War on Terror’ which has global security implications.

World

Paris Attacks: Killing innocent people is not my Islam, it doesn't flow from barrel of a gun

The barbarous attacks in France which have left more than 100 people dead are an indication of the depths that humanity has plunged into. If indeed the attacks have been carried out by Muslims, then I, as a Muslim, hang my head in shame.

World

Indo-UK bonhomie: The West seeks India's partnership to counter the threat of China

The Joint Statement made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart David Cameron reads like a homily written by academics disconnected from the real world and read ad nauseam by politicians.

Politics

No more 'bait and switch': What Kashmir needs is a political package, not an economic one

The state’s approach and the premises that inform it are flawed. The gains that may accrue from the package will be temporary and illusory. What is needed is a stakeholder-approach to conflict resolution in Kashmir that, in the least, satisfies all stakeholders

Politics

After a lifetime of being a world citizen, why am I now a Kashmiri Nationalist?

My post Western ‘imagined identity’ may have been that of a rootless cosmopolitan but hostile political forces tell me and validate for me my Kashmiri-ness. What does my re-imagined and re-conceived self mean here?

India

Killing of Udhampur trucker in Kashmir just makes things more daunting for Indian Muslims

The 18-year-old teen, Zahid Rasool Bhat, has fallen victim to an insidious and dangerous ideology that appears to have India enthralled.

Politics

How beef ban could result in Jammu and Kashmir descending into violence

The stage is set for a confrontation between the people and the state, and between the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

World

Saudi heart beats for Syrian refugees at wrong time, wrong place, wrong reason. Won’t stop conversion to Christianity

Saudi Arabia has responded to the criticism levelled against it for not absorbing Arab refugees by offering to build two hundred mosques in Germany. The offer is as gratuitous, as self indulgent and as jarring to German or broader European sensibilities as it is insulting to both refugees and their host societies.

World

Aylan's death is just tip of the iceberg: Why doesn't the Arab Muslim world step up?

The reasons for the refugee exodus from the West Asia are obvious: the anarchic , unsafe conditions in much of the reason and the abdication by the West of its moral responsibility in and towards the region.

India

What the Patel agitation for OBC status shows: Caste politics is back

The landslide victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 parliamentary elections had led people to believe that religion had triumphed over caste.

India

What lessons Indian Muslims should take from UAE's deals with PM Narendra Modi

However, in India, for the country’s Muslims all this may constitute a disappointment: Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat when the infamous Godhra riots happened; Modi heads a party that avowedly propounds the ideology of Hindutva and Modi’s party, the BJP was responsible for the demolition of the Babri Mosque. And , more recently, Yakub Menon was hanged. In this schema, Indian Muslims may be seething with anger at what they might construe as ‘betrayal’ by the Muslim rulers of the UAE. Or, fellow Muslims of the Ummah.

World

All you need is trade: What PM Modi can learn from UAE to improve Indo-Pak ties

The UAE’s leadership was astute and far-sighted enough to understand that the key to their survival was to morph into what Rosecrance called ‘trading states’.