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Intolerance Breeds hatred

Every society consists of various groups following different faiths, ideologies, sectarian beliefs and social and political adherences. In some cases, there is a majority which dominates the society and makes attempts, either by force or by persuasion, to integrate these different groups into its fold. In such a scenario the majority believes that only by uniting all groups can society grow strong and defend itself from internal and external dangers. This creates conflict and instead of uniting, the society further fragments and breaks into pieces. This is what is called tyranny of the majority and its intolerance toward differences and diverse opinions.

In other cases the majority makes efforts to understand the existence of different groups in its fold; it adopts the policy of tolerance and allows them to express their views freely.

The outcome of both policies are quite different. In case of tolerance, creativity flourishes and blossoms. Finding no discrimination or prejudices, ar…

Why Drones Fail? By Audrey Kurth Cronin

The war-weary United States, for which the phrase “boots on the ground” has become politically toxic, prefers to eliminate its terrorist foes from the skies. The tool of choice: unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. In Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen -- often far away from any battlefield where American troops are engaged -- Washington has responded to budding threats with targeted killings. Like any other weapon, armed drones can be tactically useful. But are they helping advance the strategic goals of U.S. counterterrorism? Although terrorism is a tactic, it can succeed only on the strategic level, by leveraging a shocking event for political gain. To be effective, counterterrorism must itself respond with a coherent strategy. The problem for Washington today is that its drone program has taken on a life of its own, to the point where tactics are driving strategy rather than the other way around. The main goals of U.S. counterterrorism are threefold: the strategic defeat of a…

Why Muslim Reformation failed in KPK in 1832?

Following the Fraizi Movement, another reformist movement appeared in northern India to revive the original religious teachings of Islam in order to purify it from un-Islamic practices , which it was believed, had infiltrated into it. The leader of this movement was Syed Ahmad Shaheed (d.1832.) and it was known as Tehreek-i-Mohammadi or the Jihad Movement.
After observing the social, political and economic backwardness of the Muslim community, the ulema of the subcontinent concluded that the basic cause of their decline and degeneration was a profusion of religious teachings. The process of decay could only be controlled through the revival and implementation of original Islamic teachings.
According to the ulema, there were two factors polluting Islam. One was the un-Islamic Indian culture and customs and the other being religious innovations distorting the purity of religion.
These included the ceremonies related to marriages, celebrations on the occasion of festivals and rituals fo…