My Travels Through The Himalayas – I – Monuments of Simla – 1

My Travels Through The Himalayas – I Monuments of Simla-1 Viceregal Lodge (Now the Indian Institute of Advanced Study) I said in the last post that the British Empire in India was ruled from the Viceregal Lodge from 1889 onwards. Built on the summit of the Observatory Hill, it’s an imposing building, with a housing capacity … Continue reading

My Travels through the Himalayas – I – Simla-1

My Travels Through the Himalayas – I Simla the Queen of the Mountains From this post onwards, I am beginning a series on my travels through the Himalayas, which I made during 2006-2008, when I was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla in Himachal. Apart from researching on my monograph as … Continue reading

World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts…

World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts I was doing a random search on Google and came up with some interesting statistics. If you type the following terms in Google, you’ll get their respective number of searches as – Hinduism blogs – 904,000 Islam blogs – 15, 700, 000 Christianity blogs – 5, 430, 000 … Continue reading

Hello World! A Tale of Two Countries

A Tale of Two Countries – Freedom On the Internet and in Society Colour Index Obstacles to the free flow of information online Grey – Unknown Blue – No censorship Yellow – Some censorship Red – Under surveillance Black – Heavy surveillance (“Internet black holes”) Internet-surveillance trends around the world are both interesting and surprising. … Continue reading

Hello World! Christian Divorce In India

Christian Divorce in India Early this month Kerala High Court has delivered another verdict striking down the outdated provision of a religious personal law and passing a decision regarding divorce upholding the provision of the Indian Civil Code. The difference is that this time it was the couple who asked to be judged by the … Continue reading

Hello World! My Name is Khan…

My Name Is Khan Shah Rukh Khan has had to face the unjust ways of the world from every corner. Somehow, his film My Name is Khan has proved to be the reel life portraying the real life and vice versa. This film is about an autistic person in the US, who runs into trouble … Continue reading

Hello World! A Landmark Verdict by the Supreme Court of India

From Shah Bano to Shabano Bano In December 2009, Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark verdict in favour of the divorced Muslim women. Indian Civil Code grants alimony and maintenance to the divorced women just as in any civil law in the democratic world. However, orthodox Islamic clerics had pressed the government to keep … Continue reading

Hello World! Lifting the Veil…

Lifting the Veil – Canada, France and India Indian Muslims truly deserve appreciation for showing a tendency to move with the needs of democracy and for interpreting Islam in consonance with the needs of the times. The positive response of the Muslim population of India to the recent ruling by the Supreme Court regarding the … Continue reading

Hello World! From “Servant” to “Custodian” of Holy Shrines

From “Servant” to the “Custodian” of the Two Holy Shrines Mecca and Medinah are the holiest places for Islam. They house the two most important mosques of the religion, apart from the Kaaba, which serves as the reference point for about a billion Muslims across the world, who face the Kaaba during their prayer. They … Continue reading

Hello World! Churches in Malaysia

CHURCHES IN MALAYSIA Malaysia’s religious demography is closely linked to its ethnic profile. The 60.2% of total population is Malay and Muslim. The remaining 40% of the total population consists of Hindus of Indian origin (6.3%), Buddhists of Chinese origins (19.2%) and Christians of indigenous groups (comprising of 9.1% of the total population) and the … Continue reading