Bina Shah

Malala and the West

Drone strikes are wrongly conflated with Malala’s Nobel win.

Rotherham lessons

We carry prejudices against white women and their ‘availability’.

Eyes shut at home

There’s no outrage when minorities in Pakistan are targeted.

The past is us

It is only by owning our past that we can define ourselves.

Cultural diplomacy

IN my capacity as a working writer, I’ve chiefly engaged with writing as an art and a means for communication. But...

Mirror image

I RECENTLY made a short trip to the UAE and the glittering city of Dubai, which I enjoy visiting, and I always have ...

Missing doctors

A SEMINAR was recently convened by Appna, the Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America, in order to get...

Sindh: beyond symbols

SINDHI Culture Day was celebrated this month: television channels broadcast songs, shows and skits celebrating ...

As change seeps in

WHEN you travel from Karachi into the interior of Sindh (a colloquialism for rural Sindh, or pretty much anywhere...

Moral case for DNA testing

IMAGINE: you’ve just been mugged on a quiet street on a desolate afternoon in your neighbourhood by four men who...

The Malala backlash

WHY has Malala Yousufzai’s speech at the UN on July 12, her 16th birthday, created such admiration all over the...

Media treads the wrong path

AN excellent Asian Media Barometer tool has been developed by the Friedrich Ebert Siftung Foundation, a German...

No cause for fear

I RECENTLY attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the US-Pakistan Women’s Council.

Learning from Achebe

THE great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe passed away some days ago after having changed the face of world literature by bringing African writing to global attention. Called the most widely read African writer of his

Celebrating women

IN early March I was fortunate to attend the Ladiesfund 2013 awards. This is an annual event set up by T.U. Dawood.

Less politics, more art

THESE days preparations for the Karachi Literature Festival are underway, a happy time for those of us who want to turn our minds from politics and towards the arts.

Integrated development

RECENTLY I went to Dhabeji, a village an hour outside of Karachi in the direction of Thatta, to visit the Indus Bazaar, a day-long market held under the auspices of the Indus Earth Trust (IET).