WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Boycott or no boycott

We the people find ourselves today in a bind. On the one hand the media delivers to the doorstep of our conscience, images and news, all highly disturbing, heart wrenching and begging for us to do something, anything to make a difference. On the other hand the...

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CV – See Me!!

 I went to Harvard.So what?I am an IT wizard.So what? I am a 747 pilot.So what?I am a cardiac surgeon.So what?You get it? You're hiredTry to sing that if it helps you to remember this – but this is the No. 1 rule to CV writing.Answer the question in the mind of the...

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The Birth of a Narrative

Mirza Yawar Baig Imam & KhateebMahmood Habib Masjid & Islamic Center, HyderabadLooking at the headlines it appears that a story is being built – gradually one article at a time; linking one incident to another, using conjecture in the place of hard evidence – to...

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What is your legacy?

A leader is remembered not by what he or she possessed or consumed, not by how much power they had or whether they were charming or beautiful, but by the legacy they leave behind. This is what I want to talk to you about; leaving a legacy.I want to start by saying two...

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The tragic and the heroic

The icons of heroism are always the weak who have the courage to stand up against the oppression of the powerful. There's nobody who exemplifies that more than the Palestinian Muslim child with a rock facing a Zionist battle tank.The nightmare of the Zionist soldier...

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If tomorrow starts without me…

If tomorrow starts without me, then remember that great goals need great commitment. The SBA is a great goal. Ask yourself, ‘Do I have the commitment to make it happen?’I know this sounds unkind but I ask you to bear with me and think dispassionately.The question in...

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Difference of Opinion

A difference of opinion indicates interest and commitment. Not stupidity and ignorance. Only the interested and committed, disagree._______________________________________________________________________________We Muslims are perhaps a people who have the highest...

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Parenting – The Unexpected Task

Parenting for most couples is something that they are ill prepared for. Everyone acknowledges that to bring up children to be responsible citizens is a primary task but there is no formal instruction about how to do it. Parents are given the rare privilege of...

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What happened – Indian Election 2014?

If there is one word that best describes the results of the 2014 Indian Parliamentary Elections, it is SURPRISE. For some it was a very pleasant surprise – for others it was a nasty shock. But nobody including the paid analysts had really any clue how close they were...

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The Problem with the C – Word

One of the things that I have been very fond of, is trekking, especially climbing mountains. I have done a good bit of that in the Western Ghats in Southern India, climbing on one occasion through thick forest straight up the side of the mountain, 4500 feet. I went up...

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Tera Kya Hoga Kaliya?

Tera Kya Hoga Kaliya?That line from Sholay is what comes to mind listening to Rajnath Singh’s ‘apology’. The antics of politicians never fail to amuse but BJP is giving full value for money. First come the senile prattlings – Hindus must have at least 5 children – We...

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If I were President of Egypt

This is a piece I wrote in April 2013Having been to Egypt recently and watching recent developments I thought to myself, ‘What would I do if I were the President of Egypt?’ Sadly as I write this, there has been a coup in Egypt and the democratically elected government...

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Easy to kill

30thJanuary, 1948 – Nathuram Godse fired a bullet which ended a life that impacted millions of others and continues to do so 66 years later. Gandhiji was perhaps the only Father of the Nation to be killed by his own people. We all share the shame.Easy to kill....

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Same Chairs, Different Bottoms

An over 12 year old cartoon that featured in the national media to mark 50 years of India’s independence: the situation is as grimOnce upon a time there was a beautiful land in which clear rivers flowed through lush forests. Birds flocked to the trees which were heavy...

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Differentiating between ‘Saying’ and ‘Doing’

Speaking against the law is freedom; breaking it is a crimeI had a very interesting conversation one morning. A very dear friend called and said in effect, “Renuka Chowdhury is after Pramod Mutalik because his people beat up girls in Mangalore pubs but did you know...

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Democracy & the Corporation – Corporatizing the Globe

"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it."                   Edward DowlingWe're seeing a sudden surge of...

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Reading, A lost habit?

Quick self-test:   1.    What are the books you have read until now? Please list them with the authors. 2.    What are the books you read in the last 3 months? 3.    How much TV do you watch daily? Can you write down what you learnt from the TV program you watched...

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How to become an author

Someone asked Arthur Hailey (I think it was him) what the secret to his prolific writing was. He replied, “I wake up every morning and I write.” Sixteen books later, someone asked me, 'Tell me how to become a writer.'I replied, 'Write. Write badly but write now -...

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Where did it all go?

A very dear old friend, David Ramse,  a 'lay' person with strong religious convictions enough to make him a missionary; a scientist, teacher – sent me this picture taken in 1980 when he used to live in St. Lust on the Berbice River. David and Miriam had a house...

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