I seriously believe that poverty lies at the heart of many of the problems faced by our world today. There have been many studies which point out that foreign aid is ineffective and so it acts a mere strategic tool in international relations. Let us look at following facts: 1. Petro-$ of the gulf countries are the major funding source of extremism in the world 2. These countries are also the source of backward democratic values and biggest challenge to any reforms in Islam Given the above facts, Islamic reform is not going to come from the gulf as it does not make sense to the rulers there. But sadly, they are the leaders on Islamic faith and dialogue today due to the financial muscle. But if India, with a sizable Muslim population is able to uplift muslims i.e. make them rich, we should see a paradigm shift in Islamic leadership on the world stage. What do you think?