Is your perception of India after having lived here for some time now, any different from what it was before?
The main idea people have about India in the West or outside is one of a very respectable nation, culture and people. I think that concept has changed a little! People generally are very "selfish" and it's all about "me", getting my way done, others don't matter.
On the other hand, I think my respect has grown a lot in seeing how ready people are to persevere in pursuing what they dream, despite the competition and hardship.
What do you think is responsible for the global financial crisis?
I think the current global financial crisis shows or reveals some defects of the capitalistic system and financial management of the western countries.
What do you think is causing the Muslims to become increasingly aggressive across the world, more than any other religious community?
According to me, the only factor behind the aggression is the neglect the whole Muslim community suffers from just because of a few who indulge in terrorist activities. The whole community has to bear the grudge.
What is the most commonly held misconception about your country?
In my opinion it the perception that we are very traditional or orthodox. I think those who say this don't understand our traditional values fully. Out traditions have a very wide spectrum, and before saying anything about them, one must understand them properly.
Can the status of minorities in a country be considered the index of how successful it is as a democracy?
It definitely ought to be considered the index of its success.