Jump to navigation. In varying countries and contexts, scholars have studied the historical links that have existed between political power, primarily embodied in kingship, and spiritual authority as represented by mystics and saints affiliated to various religious movements. The role of Sufism in South Asia and the relationships between Muslim rulers and saints has been widely explored 1. It has been often remarked that, as a rule, Muslim kings patronised Sufis, regardless of the latter's attitude towards political power. In actuality, some mystics preferred to remain detached from politics, whereas others, also acting as ' ulama , closely collaborated with the State to legitimise its power.
When Insiya and I started getting closer as friends, I could see it bothered my Mum. I could see that the comment really pissed her off. It makes me sad that even my educated, liberal parents could be so narrow-minded when it comes to Muslims. My dad is a businessman, and growing up, he constantly complained about local Hindu Maharashtrian politicians making life miserable for small-time Muslim business owners. Knowing that all this sneaking around is because of the Hindu-Muslim thing is so regressive. So he was more upset about the beef ban than I could ever be.
The latest being the ruckus over the raid at the Kerala House in Delhi. I had gone to a village in Pakur block, some 10km outside Pakur town in Jharkhand, along with a staff of an international health organisation to investigate a case of acute flaccid paralysis AFP , a consequence of being infected with the polio virus. For pulse polio activity, Pakur block has been divided into two areas: grid and non-grid.
On a mild winter day, Mohandas K. The grounds where Gandhi crumpled to the ground, and the elegant mansion where he spent his final days, have been turned into a memorial to his life, and violent death. To enter, there is no security check or ticket booth.