Politics

Beating The Clash of Extremisms:  Civilizational Hybridity and Trust-Building in The Multicultural West
History, Jurisprudence, Politics

Beating The Clash of Extremisms: Civilizational Hybridity and Trust-Building in The Multicultural West

I would like to highlight how the concept of civilizational hybridity and efforts aiming at building trust along religious lines as exemplified by the event we are commemorating this evening can help counter the harmful effects of the two most prevalent and arguably most pernicious, but unfortunately not only, forms of extremism today namely ethno-nationalism associated with white supremacist groups and religious associated with violent Islamic radicalism. I will do so from a historically informed perspective of examining the historical nature of the civilizational interactions between the Arabo-Islamic civilization and that of the Latin Christian West.   The Clash of Extremisms In the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War, the concept of the Clash of Civilisations gained tracti...
What it means to be a “progressive Islamist”
Politics, Religion, Theology

What it means to be a “progressive Islamist”

The Muslim intellectual tradition is full of instances of contestation over the meaning and implications of many of its major concepts such as Sunna (custom or habit), Salafism, imam (belief or faith), tawhid (oneness or unity), and jihad (struggle), to name but the most prominent few. It is little wonder, then, that these and other major concepts in the Muslim intellectual tradition have been appropriated throughout Muslim history by various religious and political actors, with various degrees of success. Hence certain groups or actors were able to monopolies some of these concepts and came to be regarded or, indeed, simply to regard themselves as their most faithful, if not the only legitimate, interpreters. This history of contested interpretations is sometimes forgotten in the analys...
Can the hanging of Nirbhaya case convicts stop the heinous acts of rape?
Politics

Can the hanging of Nirbhaya case convicts stop the heinous acts of rape?

  "The power of the rapist depends above all on the silence of women.”- Ursula K. Le Guin - The horrific case of Nirbhaya gang rape occurred on 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi. The incident took place when a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten, was fatally assaulted, gang raped, and tortured in a private bus in which she was travelling with her friend. It shook entire humanity.The four convicts of 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape cum murder were finally hanged in Tihar Jail on the Friday morning, March 20 after a delay of eight years. The decision was carried out by the three judge Supreme Court bench rejecting the plea by the convicts lawyer AP Singh to stay their execution. The bodies of all the convicts were handed over to the respec...
Fading Hope in Indian Judiciary
Politics

Fading Hope in Indian Judiciary

  “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It  supersedes all other courts.”- Mahatma Gandhi - The symbol of Court of Justice is a pair of scales held evenly by an impartial and  blind but sagacious woman. A Court is a tribunal often as a government institution  with the authority to adjudicate of justice in civil, criminal and administrative  matters in accordance with the rule of law. Access to justice has always remained an  inseparable part of justice delivery system. This follows the doctrine of ubi jus ibi  remedium.Thus any impediment on accessing the courtroom is an impediment to  the fundamental and human right of access to justice.Most of the case in fact what judges are doing is, deciding cases based on their  perso...