articles by Wajahat Qazi

India

What can you expect from NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan? Not much

Another scenario that may pan out is a meeting between the respective prime minister’s of India and Pakistan could be the sequel to the NSA level talks.

Politics

Fading American dream: Sundar Pichai is a metaphor for a new kind of elitism in US

Most of the commentary around Sundar Pichai’s rise revolves around the ‘American Dream’, the meritocracy implied in it and the openness of the country to immigrants — talented or not. Indeed much of this is true and gainsaying it would be silly.

Life

Repression, rights and liberty: What's common between Jihadi John and LeT's Talib Ahmad?

In both cases, the suspects were in the crosshairs of the state and 'state harassment' of both made the men seek what they may have believed to be revenge; the ideology of Jihad then provided and accorded the necessary justifications and rationales to read just their mental and emotional frameworks.

India

Geeta's mute testimony: An eloquent reminder to India and Pakistan to rethink their relations?

As India and Pakistan indulge in what has almost become a ‘rite of passage’ – exchange of fire on the LoC-between the two, a saga almost amounting to real life approximating reel life is unfolding.

India

APJ Abdul Kalam's death, Yakub Memon's execution: Has plural secularism died in India?

Yakub Memon falls in the ‘Bad Muslim’ category and Kalam in the ‘Good Muslim’ one.

India

The Return of the Native? Shashi Tharoor's critique of Britain misses the mark

Colonialism was morally and politically repugnant. But to hold a nation and a people that had nothing to do with it responsible for the odious practice is equally bad.

World

With major fault lines that divide Middle East, will Iran-US nuclear deal augur a new era?

The Iran nuclear deal significantly comes at a time when the Middle East is descending into chaos and disorder or even anarchy with a clear cut ingress of the major fault line that divides the region: the Shia-Sunni divide or conflict.

India

Yakub Memon will be hanged on 30 July: This act of 'justice' will alienate Indian Muslims further

Yakub Memon - the only convict sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai - is reportedly set to be hanged on 30 July.

World

Does the European Union Exist? A 'Grexit' will demonstrate the artificiality of the Union

What will demonstrate the artificiality of the Union is what has been called ‘Grexit’- that is, Greece’s exit from the European Union.

Life

Islam does not need reformation but Muslims definitely do

Islam- as revealed religion and faith- does not need a reformation in the conventional meaning of the word associated as it is with the West’s Reformation where the primacy of reason faith cleaved religion from the secular and the temporal.

World

IS terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait: Why has the world come to this pass?

A troika of attacks - one in France, the other in Tunisia and the third in Kuwait - left scores dead and many wounded. The Middle East appears to be spiraling into a downward trajectory of anarchy and chaos; the rest of the world is not insulated either.

Entertainment

Miles Morales as Spider-Man: World on the cusp of change, triumph of 'Global Me' over 'Roots'

Miles Morales then reflects the fundamental reality of our world. But a caveat is on order here: Miles Morales can be Spider Man only in the United States- a veritable immigrant nation and a melting pot.

Life

Ramadan and the spirit of Islam: Here's why it is time for Muslims to introspect

The key to Muslim Renaissance (not to be confused with the West’s Renaissance) is curiosity about and over the world and engagement with the world if only to discover God’s handiwork in His Creation. This I daresay is a Quranic impulse.

World

Myanmar strike: Blindly following Doval doctrine can make India most dangerous place on Earth

An elite commando group entered Myanmar territory and eliminated scores of militants. A militant attack on Indian troops in Manipur a few days ago apparently provoked the attack inside Myanmar.

India

India’s Muslim Millenials: Why Modi's approach towards the community is wrong

Modi govt needs to realise that Indian Muslims, like elsewhere in the world, are in the midst of structural change.

World

The Muslim Veil, Stars and Stripes: Doomed to clash? The case of the Muslim woman in Michigan

Are incidents like the Michigan one the bellwether of uglier incidents in the future? Are Islam and the West doomed to remain in a conflictual idiom?

Politics

Doomed to fail: The PDP - BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to complete its term

The PDP-BJP government is unlikely to complete six years in office. It will, sooner or later, collapse by the weight of its contradictions.

India

Anupam Kher's views on Kashmiri Pandits demean Muslims and should be ignored

All in all Anupam Kher’s assertions suggest prejudice and ignorance-prejudice towards Kashmiri Muslims.

Politics

Why striking down Section 66A does not guarantee absolute protection?

Dependence of the agents of the state on the political class can create situations where they can be employed against the individual or the citizenry.