WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Police Ride Along

I was on holiday in Florida this September (2015) when I heard of the Ride Along program that several Police Departments offer all over the United States. This is an initiative to encourage Police Public Partnership so that people can see life from the other side of...

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Medical Ethics? Who is she?

Of late we have been having an interesting and involved discussion on the subject of medical ethics in India, especially in so-called corporate hospitals involving also doctors in both private practice and government service. Interesting and involved because everyone...

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Where do you stand?

http://www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2015/08/17/books-and-reading-in-the-muslim-world-a-serious-crisisA friend sent me the article above underlining perhaps one of the most pernicious diseases of the Muslim world – a lack of concern for knowledge. Reading it...

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Punishment ISIS style is NOT ISLAMIC

Someone commented on the incident of the ISIS hanging up two boys by their wrists for a day or more because they didn't fast in Ramadan. Below is the comment and my answer.Assalamualaykum.Overall, the ISIS seems a covert American operation to consolidate territory in...

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Words – It’s only words – Or is it?

Don’t underestimate the importance of words. In the famous words of Mark Twain: 'The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.'Words touch the heart, move the soul...

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Parenting can’t be outsourced

The biggest challenge of parenting is to accept that we are facing a world that is very different from the one we grew up in. This is true irrespective of which country you live in with the additional complexity of a rapid destruction of walls between cultures. The...

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ISIS – Isn’t Isn’t

The faulty logic of the ISISPreface: Religion is the last resort of the scoundrel...as the saying goes...refers to the tendency of some unscrupulous people to twist religion to justify their own nefarious activity. Genghis Khan famously gave a "sermon" in Bukhara...

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Who decides on gender equality?

Gender inequality a product of culture, not religion: Study. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwuIXDvCALet me begin with a disclaimer in the best modern tradition of writing that I accept that there's gender discrimination and that women invariably get the short end of...

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All hands on deck – it’s time to stand together

There is a tendency in reporting and speaking about things like the deplorable so-called cartoons of Charile Hebdo and other similar things and say that they are offensive to a certain group of people. I consider this an insult to my humanity and my sensibilities as a...

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Udai Pareek, my mentor and friend

Udai Pareek – the most powerful thing I learnt from him was to give without asking for a return. And I have followed that principle all my life. Who else in this world writes a book full of tried and tested psychometric tests and gives it away?I first met Udai in 1983...

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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...

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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 –...

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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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