A United Kingdom-born researcher, writer, historian and award-winning filmmaker, Bobby Singh Bansal, has said 90 per cent of the Sikh heritage sites are located in Pakistan, mostly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The writer, who is considered an authority on the Sikh history and heritage in Pakistan, visited Peshawar and other parts of KP for a week to explore the community heritage sites for his upcoming book, “Sikh Monuments of Pakistan and India.”
— The News International
How to Explain Hinduism
It’s a good idea to have a one or two sentence explanation ready for when someone is curious but doesn’t want an hours-long theological discussion! I would say something like this: As a Hindu, I believe that we are all part of one Divinity and it is expressed in thousands of different ways. God is present within our own hearts and so any way that we listen and connect with God is good and helps us progress towards Moksha, which is the realization that we are God. In Moksha we will merge with that divinity and no longer need a body or to live out various lives to learn lessons and grow as a soul.
Citizens first: Muslims, Modi and brutal rapes of Muzzaffarnagar
While media pundits are entranced by the “politics” of this scion v scion spat, no one seems to have noted the grim absurdity of a Chief Minister soliciting “suggestions” to address an ongoing human tragedy in his state. Well, one small step in the right direction would be to stop lying. As India Today notes, “SP government… has repeatedly made claims of adequate help to the riot victims. To the extent that even after a snub from Supreme Court on relief work, the government has insisted that it has provided suitable relief, compensation and rehabilitation to all the riot victims.”
— First Post
In Pakistan discussing religion is a punishable offense for Ahmadis
Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims but in 1984, the government promulgated an ordinance, declaring them non-Muslims. According to Pakistan’s constitution, this community cannot call themselves Muslims; are banned from referring to their places of worship as mosques and cannot recite the Kalima, which is the first tenet of Islam, whereby a Muslim proclaims that he is a Muslim. The Ahmadis are banned from even singing hymns in praise of Prophet Muhammad. Of late there have been incidents where they have been harassed for keeping Muslim names.
— Index on Censorship
Nepalis must decide on becoming Hindu state: BJP leader
Nepal, which embraced secularism in 2008, will only be declared a Hindu state if the people of Nepal want it and not just because the BJP thinks so, party leader Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said here Monday.
— Business Standard
‘BJP hurts Hindu sentiments by equating Modi with Lord Shiva’
Never shy of taking potshots at the Saffron Party, [Rajya Sabha MP and former Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pramod] Tiwari said, “It has committed an unforgivable sin of equating their poster boy and prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi with Lord Vishwanath. It has deeply hurt the sentiments of millions of Hindus across the globe who would teach a lesson to the party in 2014 polls if it fails to tender unconditional apology.”
— The Times of India
Al-Qaeda Apologizes for Killing Muslims
Al Qaeda, slowly realizing that its indiscriminate murder of civilians is counterproductive if the victims happen to be Muslims, apologized in a video for a hospital attack in Sanaa, Yemen that killed dozens of people on December 5. Qassim Al-Raimi, the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, released a video on Sunday in which he admitted that the attack was not meant to kill people in the hospital or the mosque that are part of the Yemeni Ministry of Defense compound. He asserted the cause was one al Qaeda fighter gone astray, saying, “We confess to this mistake and fault. We offer our apologies and condolences to the families of the victims. We did not want your lost ones; we did not target them on purpose. This is not of our religion or our morals.” The apology video was released after surveillance video of the attack was released by the Yemeni government.
— Hot News International
Beni Prasad Verma says SP failed to stand by Muslims of Muzaffarnagar
“There are about 20 crore Muslims in the country. You can’t make them insecure, antagonise or kill them for votes,” said Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma shortly before he went on to say that 90 per cent of Muslims will vote for the Congress this time. Verma blamed the minority community in Uttar Pradesh for voting the Samajawadi Party to power which he alleged was responsible for their plight in the wake of the recent Muzaffanagar riots. “Muslims voted for SP en bloc in UP. But what did the SP do? They betrayed Muslims in Muzaffarnagar.”
— India Today
Burdened by inflation, Muslims want a change in Maharashtra government for a better life
Standing outside a glass and chrome building in the central business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), just a stone’s throw where the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi’s held his rally, Muhammed Imran Shaikh looks despondent. “Inflation and corruption are going through the roof,” said Shaikh, a resident of Cheeta Camp, who attended the Modi’s rally. “We can’t afford running a household with prices skyrocketing,” said Shaikh, a hand-embroidery worker, who was among the 900-odd minority community residents of the area located in the armpits of the city in the eastern suburbs, who attended the rally.