Taliban and Women’s Right | A Media Coverage Analysis

The number of stories published nationally rose by 9000% within a week of the Taliban’s ascent to power. While the national media published 3-4 stories per day on average in the whole of last year on the subjects of “taliban” and “women”, the number of stories rose to a staggering 361 stories in one day (Aug 17th 2021).

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Divine Disconnect

Giving more importance than is due to the material world leads to an obsession with what can be perceived through the senses: what cannot be seen, heard, smelt, tasted or touched becomes unreal. Materialism begets technology which begets a greater materialism. We pour our hearts out into heartless screens. Our words circle the globe a million times before coming back to us, devoid of the certainties with which we send them.

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Failures of the Invisible Hand (Part 1) : Self-interest as a virtue

In the film Jerry Maguire, when the hero shares a mission statement about how self-interest has replaced love as the reason to do business in the sports industry, he receives a standing ovation from his colleagues but is fired by the management later the same day. Many experience Maguire’s dilemma at the workplace where only the “converts” who can veil their innermost truths and align without flinching to the vector of capitalism are considered winners. Some of us resort to the unfortunate conclusion that cold selfish behaviour is “natural” for human beings in economic situations. This is false. The real reason for moral ennui at the workplace is buried in mainstream economic theory.

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Questions in Islamic Economics: Connecting Spiritual Growth to Economic Theory

Many professionals today experience a dilemma where they must make a choice between being good humans and being good at their job. They are left to wonder how the principles of love, generosity, fairness, reciprocity, and trust that they know to be true about life in general, do not apply at work. Some resort to the unfortunate conclusion that cold selfish behaviour is “natural” for human beings in economic situations. This is false. One of the prime reasons for moral listlessness at the workplace lies buried in mainstream economic theory.

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Fame and Dis-empowerment: The Case of Bollywood

Power is gradually attained by dis-assimilating the world. This principle is embodied in every major world religion and presented through different symbolic systems. The concepts of heaven and earth in Christianity, sansara and moksha in Buddhism, maya and nirvana in Vedanta, and dunya and akhirah in Islam are all equivalent tropes (although an exact correspondence cannot be claimed) that signify the principle of the ascendance to power through a gradual transcendence of illusory existence.

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