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Bombay to Mumbai

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The distance between the western metropolis called Bombay and its incarnation as Mumbai has never appeared greater than it is today. If the former was the pride of a secular, tolerant and vibrant India the latter has cowered under a shelter of regional chauvinism and intolerance, which may soon threaten the city's still valid claim to be the financial and entertainment capital of the country. A large part of the credit for this dubious transformation must go to the Bal Thackeray and his family concern called the Shiv Sena, which along with its breakaway company called the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena seeks to serve the local 'Marathi Manoos' by packing off all 'outsiders'.

Reading the Subtext: Muslims and American Politics

By Muqtedar Khan

In this presidential election cycle, American Muslims became a subtext of American politics that exposed the profound religious bigotry embedded in some segments of American society. A few months ago, some unscrupulous activists were sending emails claiming that Barak Obama was secretly a Muslim and in spite of repeated denials, often vehement ones, by the Obama campaign, for a longtime nearly 10% of the country believed in them. The main assumption behind this tactic was that for some the mere possibility that Obama was Muslim was sufficient to discredit him.

Why India shifts its policy on Burma

By Nehginpao Kipgen

The international community keeps eyeing the political turmoil in military-ruled Burma. Understandably, neighbors better understand. Let us analyze why India seemingly has a lukewarm interest in the Burmese democratic movement? It was the 1988 uprising which brought India significantly into the Burmese politics. This was the time when Burmese people contemplated bringing down the military regime. The failed uprising forced hundreds of refugees across the international border into India. From 1988 to 1992, India’s policy vacillated between support for democracy movement and diplomatic isolation.

Is Islamic Slaughtering Cruel to Animals?

By Aisha El-Awady

Islam's stance on what is permissible to eat and what is not is clear. There are strict rules when it comes to meat regarding what is allowed and what is forbidden. In Surat Al-Maida (The Table) Allah says: "Forbidden to you [for food] are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals -cattle-beasts not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and the meat of that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah, or has been slaughtered for idols, etc., or on which Allah's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been [partly] eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it [before its death] ¬ and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An¬Nusub[ (stone altars). [Forbidden] also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision, [all] that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allah and sin).

Implications of the Recent Interview of Prabhakaran

By Ranjith Gunaranta

In an e-mail interview with Indian magazine Nakkeeran recently, the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), answering the question "Do you still demand Tamil Eelam as a solution? Or do you accept an administrative framework with minimum powers?" has stated "The Tamil people have at every election since 1977, indicated what their political aspirations are. That would be the permanent solution for the ethnic crisis." Thus, this interview provides some specific clues to understand the mindset of the LTTE leader on the brink the collapse of the organization.

TN Muppet show: 'Save Eezham Tamils'

By Janaka Perera

The jingoistic comedies staged recently in Tamil Nadu to express 'solidarity' with Sri Lanka's "Eezham Tamils facing genocide" throws light on a truth unpalatable to the island's self-styled peace-makers and anti-war crusaders. It is that as long as the likes of the LTTE proxy, so-called Tamil National Alliance, the loony Left and sections of the Tamil-owned media here do not want to sever their political 'umbilical cord' with the 60 million Tamils across the Palk Strait the large majority of Sinhalas will consider themselves – rightly or wrongly – a besieged community. And that will never be conducive to genuine goodwill among communities no matter what political solutions are imposed on the country.

Obama Maintains Lead: McCain not willing to Concede

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune.

Barring the much feared closet racists invading the election booths in the millions, Barack Obama is expected to hold on to his lead as Americans go to vote on November 4th. As TV footages of crowds going berserk stops, they will face the realities of a steep economic downturn. Change will be sought and mostly likely happen tomorrow whether John McCain or Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of USA. Both Democrats and Republicans are beginning to own up to their party's "leadership style", it is a step in the same direction.

Who is lying on the IDP figures in the two Vanni districts – GA’s or UN?

Who is misleading the general public and the international community by giving inflated figures of the Internally Displaced People in the two Vanni Districts – UN Organization in Sri Lanka? Sri Lankan Government agencies? Or the Government Agents of those two districts? Grave doubts have been raised in a meeting held yesterday at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights about the disputed figures of the Internally Displaced Persons in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

Sri Lanka Government’s clarification on India’s assistance to people in the Wanni - Statement by Rohitha Bogollagama

The temporarily hardship people in Wanni presently experiencing will be over soon. Sri Lanka Government will never abandon them and will continue to take care of their needs and welfare, despite many obstacles. Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama assured this in the floor of the Parliament today when making a statement. He said "I must emphasize that it is the Government of Sri Lanka that has carried the major burden of feeding and providing essential services, including medical aid and educational facilities to the people in the uncleared areas of the Wanni, without any interruption, since the onset of the conflict, and despite several attempts by the LTTE to disrupt the smooth transport of these goods. Since August 2006, the Government through the Commissioner General of Essential Services has despatched 37,000 tons of food items to Kilinochchi and 35,000 tons to Mullaitivu."