As you turn off the Triplicane High Road into the Wallajah Mosque compound in Chennai, you can’t miss the elegant old building, painted white, that stands defiantly graceful amidst the concrete jungle. The building whose grand entrance faces the mosque, that once welcomed foreign dignitaries, stands closed today, and with its back entrance open on the Vallabha Agraharam street, it operates as a lodge for weary travellers — both foreign and Indian. Wonder if any of them are aware of its rich heritage that connects Madras with the Turkic Ottoman Empire. As the smaller picture reveals this was once the grand Ottoman Turkic consulate in Madras. Madras’s association with the Ottoman Empire dates back to the time of the Nawabs of Arcot, when they made the city their home in the mid-18th century. As the two most revered holy sites of Muslims, namely Mecca and Medina, were under the protection of the Ottoman Empire, the Nawabs corresponded with the Ottomans regarding Haj pilgrimage and a few ... » Learn More about The Turkey connection
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Next While India still hopes that the end could be in sight for fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, there are indications that the going may not be so tough for the man who still has friends in high places in the Pakistani establishment, reports eminent Pakistani journalist Amir Mir. S ome recent reports in Indian and Pakistani media have kicked off a fresh controversy about the health and the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, one of India's most wanted terrorists-cum-underworld don who runs a vast illegal business empire, known as 'D-Company', and allegedly operates from Pakistan under the shield of the country's all-powerful intelligence establishment. Dawood is one of the most intriguing figures in the world of international terrorism, a billionaire gangster and a criminal mastermind linked to everyone -- from Al Qaeda to Bollywood starlets to the East African drug cartels. From Mumbai to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur to Karachi, the stories associated with Dawood and ... » Learn More about End of the road for Dawood Ibrahim? Maybe not!