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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Farrukh Dhondy

Mr PM, beware of attempts to mix history with myth

Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

The false one: Islamic State's Caliph is a fantasy enterprise

Some disillusioned men from Europe and other places may join the Caliphate but the ISIS is unlikely to win over transcontinental territories.

Keep the faith, science's bounty is enough for us

The greed of multinationals must not be an excuse to restrain the quantum leap in scientific understanding and technology. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Politicians often attempt to threaten press into silence

In any democracy the Press should be subject to the law but not to any power held by elected politicians. Wouldn’t such powers curtail the ability of the press to investigate and expose the crimes and the conduct of politicians? Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Alleged rapists too should be afforded anonymity like survivors

Any rape trial is an invasion of the privacy, shame and trauma of the victims who allege rape and, if the accused is innocent, of the alleged rapist.

Distorting visions: Looking at Modi through a different lens

The English language press of India has characterised BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi as undesirable- to some he is mass murderer and to others a CM, who did not use his power to prevent the slaughter of innocents in his state.

Section 377 may not be a priority with any parliamentarian

The SC’s plea to Parliament is mouthwash. However glaring the case for a modernisation of this law, it is doubtful whether it will be a priority with any parliamentarian, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

Malala is not the best mascot for universal education

Even though Malala probably has a full scholarship to her school, it is from a platform of very narrow elitist privilege that she is seen as championing universal education. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

The Daily Mail has unwittingly begun a debate on press freedom

In the past two weeks a debate about press freedom has been initiated by the Daily Mail, a national newspaper which attacked the Labour party leader’s late father Ralph Miliband, writes Farrukh Dhondy.

Ruling party's rules

A co-chairperson of the British Conservative Party refuses to step down despite having links with extremists and being involved in an expense fraud. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

The world is what it is

The British defence ministry’s dilemma over Olympics security is genuine. In the present times, there can be no Games without high velocity missiles.

In the shadow of fear

In Britain, an author received death threats for the TV adaptation of his book on the origins of Islam. This raises a big question: how far can intimidation curtail free speech. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Moving the goalposts

Is there no candidate from the Indian subcontinent whom one could nominate, keeping in mind the elastic definitions of peace, as deserving of the Nobel Prize? Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Raise the baton now

Women are often forced to keep quiet about sexual abuse. In Britain, the Savile case has encouraged many to speak up. Indian women should follow suit. Farrukh Dhondy writes.

Thereby hangs a tale

The suicide of Jacintha Saldanha after a hoax call by two Australian DJs will remain a socio-psychological mystery until the inquest in March. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
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