India’s Muslims and the quantum of democracy

Only the Holy Koran joins them. Otherwise, Shias and Sunnis, the two major denominations of Islam, are poles apart. Their estrangement towards each other is as entrenched as is the caste system among the Hindus. What is happening in Iraq today is the fallout from an antagonism that stretches back many centuries. Regretfully, there has never been any serious attempt for the leaders of the two sects to sit across the table and sort out their differences, which have given a bad name to Islam.

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Long march to disaster

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, need dead bodies for the success of their Azadi (independence) march from Lahore to Islamabad, which began on 14 August. Dead bodies, the blood of innocent people and chaos will win them public sympathy, and increase the chances of success for their march. This is not to suggest that they will successfully topple the government. Their role is to create an environment in which the intervention of other players can be justified.

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Newsletter 15 August 2014 

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