The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth

By Moin Qazi* The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for several years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its modes of worship and it is one of the five basic … More The “giving spirit” of Ramadan: Let not thy right hand know what thy left hand doeth

His works exposed oppression in society, he wrote against bigotry, fundamentalism, caste

By Sheshu Babu* ‘I sing the song  Of equality: In my view gender difference  is essentially a triviality. Everything that is great in the world, all the works, beneficial and good, half must be credited to woman, and to man, half only we should.’ (Original: ‘Nari’ ( Bengali)  Translator : Mohammad Omar Farooq, Source: poemhunter.com This … More His works exposed oppression in society, he wrote against bigotry, fundamentalism, caste

During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

By Moin Qazi This is the holy month of Ramadan (Arabic: Ramaḍān, variations: Persian: Ramazan‎; Urdu: Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan), the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month in Islamic culture.It is in this month that  Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop … More During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

San Francisco-based Internet Archives offers world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature

The Internet Archive, nonprofit digital library based in San Francisco that specializes in offering broad public access to digitized and born-digital books, music, movies and web pages, has offered world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature. Reproduced below is an Internet Archive blog by Alexis Rossi: The Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive … More San Francisco-based Internet Archives offers world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature

Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values

By Sheshu Babu* ‘Khuda-e-Bartar teri zameen par zameen ki khatir yeh jung kyoon hai? Har ek fatah-o-zafar ke daaman pe khoon-e-insaan ka rang kyon hai?’ (O Lord Almighty, on your land, why is this war raging to win a land? Why has every conqueror’s victory always been tainted with stains of human blood?) From lyrics … More Reflecting social conflicts in society, Sahir’s poems revolve around declining human values

Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city

By Ayona Datta* Taking selfies and posting them on social media is often derided as a narcissistic, self-absorbed and attention-seeking practice. Filters come in for particular disdain due to the role they play in reinforcing unattainable beauty standards, by making faces lighter, slimmer and wider-eyed than is natural. Yet feminist, minority and queer activists have argued that selfies can … More Indian women from the outskirts of Delhi are taking selfies to claim their right to the city

Darkest Hour: Churchill depicted as dark, brooding drunken hero instead of the monster he was

By Mohan Guruswamy*  The movie “Darkest Hour” is playing in many of our better cinema halls in all major cities. The Anglicized Indian elite, who still largely lionize Winston Churchill are beating pathways to the movie halls. Nearly every review in our major newspapers is quite breathless. The Hindu writes: “Wright’s focused single-minded direction takes … More Darkest Hour: Churchill depicted as dark, brooding drunken hero instead of the monster he was