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Lessons from a Murder

Lessons from a Murder

I have come to dread days like these. The weather in Sacramento is already romancing spring and here I sit after what I thought was a very reasonable week at work, one that gave me, a Pakistani-American a good feeling, that of being a contributing member of this...

The Indian Secular Imagination

The Indian secular imagination has collapsed. It survives in pockets, such as some Hindi films and the politics of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). But Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and the other politicians influential in the national scene have long failed...

Will India turn into a weapon warehouse?

The French were serenely confident of selling just about anything in their erstwhile colonies in Africa. If a product were damaged, it could be sold as an antique, if non-functional it could be sold as a sample for “experimentation,” if barely functional, of course it...

Living life on the Razor’s Edge

I went to Los Angeles recently on a business visit. During a meeting with the head of a program with another governmental agency, I got hounded with questions. Why was our agency undertaking a certain program? What was the logic behind it? Who had initiated the...

Feminism is Dead in America

When I first came to America in the late ’70s as a student at vU.C. Berkeley, I thought I had arrived in the land of fast foods, freeways, and feminists. I soon discovered, however, that while the first two were available in abundant measure, feminism was as scarce as...

The Ayodhya Conundrum

I understand the reasons why a lot of people want to see the Ram temple built at Ayodhya on the ruins of the destroyed mosque. I also understand that it is quite possible that the mosque was built on top of a temple. Therefore I sympathize with the feelings of those...