Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning

By Fr Cedric Prakash SJ* Light a lamp for COURAGE – to illumine the darkness which has engulfed many everywhere! Diwali, the Festival of Lights is a reminder that each one of us is called to be a light in our world today; a light that is visible, enkindling other lights with hope and in … Continue reading Light a lamp today, tonight, tomorrow, everyday, continue to keep it burning

Liberating Muslims from alims’ hermetically-sealed religious, cultural capsules

By Moin Qazi* Book review: “The Scientific Muslim: Understanding Islam in a New Light”, by Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, pp184, Rs 595, Konark Publishers While a global pandemic has been a looming risk for decades, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through societies, economies, health systems and governments around the world. The pandemic has revealed both the … Continue reading Liberating Muslims from alims’ hermetically-sealed religious, cultural capsules

Character assassination as smear campaign to control of individuals and their freedom

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* What is character? Character indicates totality of feature of an individual’s personality, courage, commitment and outlooks from righteousness to humility. The material or physical representations or moral frameworks are not character. Class, gender, race, sexual orientations, religious practice and moral values do not represent character. Character is a commitment to one’s … Continue reading Character assassination as smear campaign to control of individuals and their freedom

AI: If we cede our position as smartest on our planet, we might also cede control

By Chaitanya Iyer* In May 2020, OpenAI, a California based Artificial Intelligence (AI) research company, first described its new AI language-generating system called GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3). Since then, hundreds of media outlets have written about the system and its capabilities. Social Media has been abuzz about its power and potential. The Guardian even … Continue reading AI: If we cede our position as smartest on our planet, we might also cede control

Book review: Awakening hidden potential of teenagers, channeling their energies

By Moin Qazi* “Let the Real You Stand Up”, “You Can Make a Difference”, “You Are Destined For The Skies!”, “Discover the Hero within You” – all of them self-help books, authored By Fr Alfonso Elengikal (published by Better Yourself Books and Media Pvt Ltd) – are aimed at awakening the hidden potential of our … Continue reading Book review: Awakening hidden potential of teenagers, channeling their energies

Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

Excerpts from the paper “Thinking with Gandhi on racism and violence: A letter to a friend”, by Ajay Skaria, Professor of History and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota,  published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, based on exchanges on WhatsApp in response to a question from a college friend: “Was Gandhi racist towards blacks?” Was Gandhi racist … Continue reading Only until mid-1910s Gandhi’s solidarity was more with white colonisers than natives

An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters

By Moin Qazi* Book Review: “Oral History of Indian Freedom Movement”, by Dr Licy Bharucha; Pp240; Rs 300; Published by National Museum of Indian Freedom Movement The Congress has won political freedom, but it has yet to win economic freedom, social and moral freedom. These freedoms are harder than the political, if only because they … Continue reading An untold story: Licy Bharucha’s pilgrimage into the lives of India’s freedom fighters