“The nature of war is hatred and fury, but it’s mitigated very quickly when a new enemy comes to the scene. The idea that we should chase all of these Nazis and punish all of them, was wrong. Because it meant that while there was still rage, while the war was still remembered, the Allies wasted their time hunting all sorts of small fry. If you really want to punish war criminals, choose the people who were the worst and focus on them. The people who operated the gas chambers, the concentration camp guards — if those people were executed, I would have been happy to pardon all other Germans.”
The fate of the Babri Masjid has become a touchstone for the narrative of Islam in India. Thirty years after its destruction may be the right time to look southward for an alternative. Another significant monument tells a very different story of Islam’s advent and importance across history in the subcontinent.
A Muslim intellectual known for his personal devotion, the new Malaysian prime minister’s perspective on faith has also helped define the possibilities of political Islam in his country, as well as the broader Muslim world. Over a generation of intellectual evolution, it can be said that Anwar Ibrahim is today among the world’s foremost advocates of the compatibility of Islam with democracy.
Decrepit stadiums, poor pitches akin to potato farms and improper coaching have been just some of the barriers to the development of soccer in Nigeria and most parts of sub-Saharan Africa for several decades.
In this episode of New Lines’ Wider Angle podcast, guest Shrayana Bhattacharya, an economist and author, discusses the dynamics of gender relations in today’s India told through profiles of diverse women often divided by caste or class but united in their fandom of global movie star Shah Rukh Khan.