This opinion piece of mine mentions the poet Ghalib .The irony is that the sensuality of Ghalib’s poetry would not be admired by today’s radical Muslims, who champion a form of pleasure-despising Islam a million miles from the tolerant, music and dance-loving Sufi Islam that evolved when Hindus and Muslims lived side by side in amity in the sub-continent.
It is a sign of the times that a festival at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan was attacked by extremists killing over 90 people just a few hours before my article was published in The Madras Courier.