Articles by: Dr Mike Ghouse

Sound Advice to Facebook Cheif Zuckerberg on hiring practices 

Sound Advice to Facebook Cheif Zuckerberg on hiring practices 

Religious discrimination is on the rise across the world and must be contained before it harms businesses and our social progress. A religiously or politically prejudiced employee can affect others’ morale, cause a lot of headaches, bring lawsuits, and affect the organization’s ability to function cohesively. He or she can waste the CEO’s time and the precious resources defending and[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 World
Shaping India’s Future on her 74th Independence Day  

Shaping India’s Future on her 74th Independence Day  

India is one of the first nations on the earth to practice Pluralism, i.e., respecting others’ otherness. While the Hindu ethos considers the world as one family, also known as Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum, the Islamic, Christian, and other traditions also subscribe to the idea that we originated from a single couple. Together, these values ‘had’ contributed to India’s post-independence political stability.[Read More…]

by August 14, 2020 India
Should Muslims sacrifice cattle on Eid-al-Adha? 

Should Muslims sacrifice cattle on Eid-al-Adha? 

On Friday, July 31, 2020, over a billion and a half Muslims around the world, will be slaughtering millions of goats, camels, and cattle to carry out Abraham’s tradition of sacrificing the symbolic lamb. Is there an alternative to the ritual of slaying animals on Eid Al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice? The answer is yes! Rituals are the pathways to[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Turkey: Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a Mosque  

Turkey: Hagia Sophia should not be converted to a Mosque  

Washington, DC: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is considering converting the Hagia Sophia to a Mosque, which has been a museum since its conquest. As Muslims, we appeal to President Erdogan to keep it as a Museum, and not convert it to a Mosque. “Hagia Sophia was one of the largest Christian Cathedral in the Eastern Roman Empire for 1000 years,[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 World
 Father’s Day 2020

 Father’s Day 2020

  Father’s Day is a great tradition to celebrate and honor the father. However, it is also a stressful day for many people. I feel the joy and the pain of both groups, here are some thoughts about each group. First of all, my heart goes out to those who did not have a good relationship between father and children.[Read More…]

by June 21, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 India is warned for the violations of religious freedoms

 India is warned for the violations of religious freedoms

The Center for Pluralism and the supporting organizations welcome the Press Release by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and the Annual report released by the U.S. Department of the State (DOS) in June 2020. The USCIRF made a recommendation to the DOS about the gross violations of religious freedoms in India and listed India as a[Read More…]

by June 19, 2020 India
Ramadan: Everything you always wanted to know about

Ramadan: Everything you always wanted to know about

The Spirit, Politics, and Rituals of Ramadan are the three main topics of this article. Ramadan is pronounced Ramzan in the Subcontinent, Iran, Turkey, and the Central Asian Republics wherever the Persian linguistic influence exists, elsewhere in the world, it is Ramadan. In the Arabic language, “Z” is “D” and hence Ramadan. About 50 Random pictures of Ramadan around the[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Life/Philosophy
 Corona and Blind Faith 

 Corona and Blind Faith 

A strong unquestionable faith drives a small segment of people within every religious group. Facts don’t matter to them, and now, they are challenging the ban on gatherings to minimize the spread of Corona. Is there a religious group out there that is devoid of defiant people? A few examples are listed here below; please note that a majority of[Read More…]

by March 25, 2020 World
 Satya Nadella is a true Indian-American Hero

 Satya Nadella is a true Indian-American Hero

I don’t know how many Indian Americans are bigots.  but know a few who have not learned about America and the values it stands for. We have a diamond among us that shines and has become a true Indian-American hero who understands liberty and freedom. I salute Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella strongly criticized a new[Read More…]

by January 17, 2020 Communal Harmony
What can you do to make this Thanksgiving a meaningful holiday? 

What can you do to make this Thanksgiving a meaningful holiday? 

Do you recall a situation when you gave a gift or complimented someone, but they did not thank you? Did you feel something was missing? Later, if that person came back and said, thanks, did you feel a sense of completion to that transaction of giving and receiving? If your attitude was affected, it also got restored, didn’t it? Likewise,[Read More…]

by November 27, 2019 World
Babri Masjid-wikimedia

 Ayodhya reflections  

A Mosque stood in Ayodhya, it was built in the 15th century – since then, Tulsidas, the writer of the Ramayana, (that is the story of Lord Ram) did not write that Lord Ram was born in the precise place the mosque stood, Swami Vivekananda, the Icon of Hinduism did not mention it. The surveys did not indicate that, nor[Read More…]

by November 10, 2019 India
Poisoning Your Children

Poisoning Your Children

Do you have the right to screw up your children’s lives by poisoning them against fellow humans, in our case, fellow Americans?  If you are biased towards others, that is entirely up to you, but you have the choice to free yourself and enjoy the rest of your life or carry it to your grave or crematorium. A doctor kid,[Read More…]

by November 7, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Hindutva loses in the US congress 

Hindutva loses in the US congress 

Ms. Suhag Shukla, Executive Director of the Hindu American Foundation was upset with the congressional hearings on October 22nd, 2019, about Modi government’s  gross violations of  Human rights, democratic norms and abrogation of the article 370 without the consent of the governed. All their expensive and powerful lobbying effort went down the drain at the hearing.  Even though the Asst[Read More…]

by October 26, 2019 India
A difficult dialogue about Kashmir Conflict

A difficult dialogue about Kashmir Conflict

Bethesda, Maryland, Sunday, October 6, 2019 — The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS) organized an open dialogue titled, “If You Could Make a Plea, What Would it Be?” The First topic was about Israel and Palestine Conflict – presented by three speakers; Hal Kassoff, Kay Halpern, and Dan Spiro. The second topic was about the Kashmir Conflict – Presented[Read More…]

by October 10, 2019 World
Derogatory statements about Hinduism

Derogatory statements about Hinduism

You might cringe when someone makes an idiotic remark about Hinduism and Hindu practices. A majority of Indian Muslims will never make a negative statement about Hindus or Hinduism. Indeed, they will defend it as Hinduism is one of the most misunderstood religions like theirs. They are driven by the wisdom found in the Quran, 6:108 (Itani), “Do not insult[Read More…]

by September 13, 2019 Communal Harmony
 Can Modi save India from a looming disaster?

 Can Modi save India from a looming disaster?

          The early warning signals are blaring, and a disaster is in the making. It will tear the nation apart severely impairing the economic prosperity gained in the last twenty years. Terrorism in the likes of Afghanistan was never a part of India, but the conditions are ripe to give birth to it. The United States has much to lose, first[Read More…]

by August 21, 2019 India
Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

Can Modi Sarkar allay the fears of Indians?

  There is not a single human being out there who do not want to feel secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, culture, and other uniqueness. Indians are no different. The 2019 election not only has shaken a majority of the Indians, but it even surprised the winners with the landslide referendum the Indians gave them. The results have created[Read More…]

by May 31, 2019 India
Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Narendra Modi’s speech and political pluralism

Whenever I can, I listen to the speeches of political leaders and I have done the same with a few speeches of Prime Minister Modi. The following video is about 70 minutes long. The speech was made around May 24, 2019. Prime Minister Modi is unquestionably one of the greatest orators of this decade. I watched his full speech to[Read More…]

by May 26, 2019 India
New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

New Zealand Muslims to follow Prophet Muhammad

Forty Nine people have been shot dead and 20 injured. The tragedy in New Zealand invokes Muslims to follow the Prophet, Muhammad. The man was called a Mercy to humanity, and his words, deeds, actions, and prayers reflected his character; mercy.  Many Muslims proudly keep the beard believing it was the tradition of the Prophet. Indeed, it was, now it[Read More…]

by March 15, 2019 World
American Muslim Agenda – Why This Book?

American Muslim Agenda – Why This Book?

You and I have a responsibility to create a world where, you, me, and our grandchildren can live without apprehensions. No matter where we go, we should feel secure about our faith, race, ethnicity and our political and sexual orientation. Would this book bring attitudinal change among Muslims? Yes, it will, it’s akin to planting a seed and nurturing it[Read More…]

by February 9, 2019 Book Review
India’s prosperity hinges on Religious Freedom

India’s prosperity hinges on Religious Freedom

The Indian-Americans have a moral duty to prevent India from being labeled as a “Country of Particular Concern” by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). If India were to be ascribed with such a label, it would hinder the flow of foreign direct investments and subsequent reversal of economic prosperity achieved in the last twenty years. This[Read More…]

by November 19, 2018 Communal Harmony
Fake Saviors of Hinduism:  World Hindu Congress in Chicago

Fake Saviors of Hinduism:  World Hindu Congress in Chicago

The World Hindu Congress held a conference in Chicago in the first week of September 2018, and it was attended by about 3000 Hindus from around the world. Unfortunately, many speakers fouled, here is an accounting of the two who are divisive and sowed the seeds of ill-will between Indian communities. Every faith group holds similar conferences, as Americans, we[Read More…]

by September 17, 2018 Communal Harmony
Whitewashing India’s Religious Freedom

Whitewashing India’s Religious Freedom

India has an impeccable history of welcoming the stranger and giving refuge to the oppressed, rejected and the evicted. She has welcomed Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians and the Baha’is. Indeed the very first mosque built outside of Arabia was in India by a Hindu King in the state of Malabar. The Tibetan Buddhist refugees found a home in India; the Ahmadiyya[Read More…]

by August 10, 2018 Communal Harmony
Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

Is Trump’s Immigration policy based on Racism?

  Is racism at the heart of separating children from the parents? Trump doesn’t care about anyone except himself. After all, these immigrants are less human than him, and he is adept in gathering support from those who are quick to dehumanize others. Is this the stinky disguised racism? Are we are more privileged than others? The only right thing[Read More…]

by June 20, 2018 World