The island of Taiwan has a long history of colonization. From the 17th century till 1949, Taiwan had either been a colony of the Dutch, Spanish, or the Japanese, or a territory ruled by the Qing dynasty. The author, Muhammad Abdullah, notes that under Japanese rule, the island’s transportation, economic, and education sectors witnessed growth. However, after Japan surrendered in World War II, it ceded Taiwan to China. Since then, China has had significant influence over the matters of Taiwan. The author explains that despite China’s plans to reunify the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China, most of the Taiwanese population supports a sovereign, independent state over reunification.
The land of Pakistan holds some of the most sacred Hindu temples. The author, Muhammad Abdullah, reports the holy mandirs and the remarkable legends surrounding them. Discover, as legend would have it, how Sati’s head created the Hinglaj Mata Mandir, or how the Hindu God, Lord Krishna, foresaw the partition at the Kalyan Das Temple circa 1946.
The recent terrorist attack on a Muslim family in Canada is just one case of the rising Islamophobia in the West. While Western state governments usually express solidarity with the victims, no effective steps are really taken to dismantle and eradicate the intensifying xenophobia in these countries.