ISIS has released a video of a woman being stoned to death. To quote the news article: "She is seen begging for forgiveness from her father, but he refuses at first. A jihadi then persuades him to forgive her so her soul can ascend to heaven. The man leads his daughter to a hole dug in the ground, then gathers stones, which are then used by the IS members to pelt the woman with until she dies."

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(On the occasion of URS Celebrations of Haji Waris Ali Shah – on 11th Oct. 2014 at Dewa Sharis)

Haji Syed Waris Ali Shah, popularly known as Haji Saheb, was a great Sufi, distinguished for piety, learning and simplicity. He identified service of God with the service of man. For him spiritual life was nothing but service of humanity.

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According to Al Bukhari and Al Muslim (two important books containing the sayings of Messenger of Allah), Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is reported to have told a young man who came to him for the cause of Jihad, "Go back to your parents and keep good company with them. (You should) consider their service as Jihad."

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With Modi has come the much needed optimism that is finally opening the floodgates to foreign investment in India. This is a time when people in India - especially Bihar should be cautious. 

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The times of highest romanticism seem to knock the Indian subcontinent much ahead of the amatory monsoons.

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A nine-foot bronze statue of Late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who originally hailed from Bihar and was the Prime Minister of Mauritius from 1961 to 1982, was unveiled near Gandhi Maidan in Patna on February 18, 2008. On the personal wish of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar things get done. The then Mauritian Prime Minister N. C. Ramgoolam, who happens to be his son also, was given the opportunity to inaugurate the statue. It was an emotional moment for the family and friends of Mauritius, full with gratitude towards the CM for extending such great honor way back home to a person who had to uproot from his home turf to earn a livelihood. 

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It was Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who unveiled the world's tallest Gandhi statue almost a year ago at the historic Gandhi Maidan. The intention of spending  10 crore was as ambiguous then as it is today, given there happens to be a well maintained statue of ‘Bapu’ at the Southern end. This poor state spent a handsome  10 crore to fulfil the personal wish of a Chief Minister. But unfortunately ‘Bapu’ in his new, 40 feet (72 feet, including pedestal) bronze avatar has to experience the greatest trouble this historic Gandhi Maidan has ever witnessed.

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The ringside observers of the Indian political system in Independent India are failing to gauge Kejriwal again and again. This unusual politician with a 2 day 1 night stay outside the power bank of the country, the Parliament, has unearthed the veracity of ‘democracy’. It was for the first time in the history of India or perhaps the world that the head of a democratically chosen provincial government slept on the street in a severe cold night.

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