Justice Markandey Katju: The inanity of Akbar Ahmed

Justice Markandey Katju writes: While I regard Dr Akbar Ahmed as a good man, in my opinion his talk was mostly sentimental maudlin and baloney, revealing little understanding of reality. He no doubt rightly emphasized on the importance of religious freedom and human rights, and condemned religious fanaticism, but beyond that, his talk was mostly unrealistic moonshine, twaddle, and claptrap.

Justice Markandey Katju: Moeed Pirzada’s ‘Garrison State’ speech in Alabama

Justice Markandey Katju writes: The eminent Pakistani journalist Moeed Pirzada, who has been living in the US for some time, spoke recently in Alabama about the ‘Garrison State’ (a euphemism for army rule) in Pakistan. In his speech, Moeed mentions that the Garrison State in Pakistan produces, and compels linear thinking. In other words, anyone who criticises, assesses, evaluates, or suggests reforms, is branded as an enemy of Pakistan and of Islam, and is harshly dealt with.