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Rafia Zakaria

In pursuit of solitude

In pursuit of solitude

An elegy for solitude is particularly relevant with the month of fasting around the corner. Updated May 24, 2017 06:58am
Masculinity vs equality

Masculinity vs equality

With women pitted against women, their enslavement is perceived as acceptable, even recommended and praised. Published May 17, 2017 02:03am
Rape and ordinary men

Rape and ordinary men

Unlike in India, little attention has been paid to the issue of rape in Pakistan. Updated May 10, 2017 10:54am
A sinister stage

A sinister stage

‘Should’ is a limp and feeble word in Pakistan, one that follows catastrophe, provokes assurances, but never any action. Published May 03, 2017 01:08am
Xenophobia in Europe

Xenophobia in Europe

What Jews suffered then, Muslims will suffer now. And as in the case of the Jewish population of Europe. Updated Apr 26, 2017 07:00am
A woman in China

A woman in China

Animosity towards women can now be added to the list of things that the Pakistani and Chinese states appear to... Published Apr 19, 2017 06:56am
Intervention again

Intervention again

For many pro-intervention liberals, being the president of the US means being the president of the world. Published Apr 12, 2017 06:06am
The lure of past glory

The lure of past glory

The British attitude towards former colonies, and now Europe, is one of being inadequately rewarded for its magnanimity. Updated Apr 05, 2017 08:20pm
Journeys and bans

Journeys and bans

The electronics ban and the Muslims subject to it are a validation of the logic of collective blame. Updated Mar 29, 2017 09:53am
Torture & young domestic workers

Torture & young domestic workers

Those who are beating and torturing young girls in their homes will not spare the time to read this. Updated Mar 22, 2017 08:28am
White and lovely

White and lovely

The curse of one’s lesser whiteness is one to be overcome, and entire social systems exist to help these delusions along Published Mar 15, 2017 07:03am
Men should cry

Men should cry

Crying women and cruel men are merely opposing sides of the same coin, their fates and futures inextricably intertwined. Published Mar 08, 2017 01:10am
In defence of women’s shelters

In defence of women’s shelters

It is unfortunate that women’s shelters are viewed as a product of a Western feminism that contravenes culture. Published Mar 01, 2017 02:16am
New & unimproved ‘war on terror’

New & unimproved ‘war on terror’

It will not be hard for a hawkish military adviser to convince Trump to invest in a huge and costly occupation of the Published Feb 22, 2017 01:39am
Banning the Brotherhood

Banning the Brotherhood

One executive order under consideration by the new White House would designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist Published Feb 15, 2017 01:12am
What the seals say

What the seals say

The politics of Hindutva are not the only brand of politics implicated by the Indus seals. Published Feb 08, 2017 02:38am
Bans and borders

Bans and borders

It is impossible to imagine crowds of Pakistanis standing at airports to welcome Christian refugees. Updated Feb 01, 2017 10:55am
Braggarts in the plane

Braggarts in the plane

In the South Asian obsession with first class is an equal and opposite disdain of equality. Published Jan 25, 2017 12:50pm
Show your faces…

Show your faces…

In the battle over who gets to define Islam, why should the moderates remain silent? Published Jan 18, 2017 12:59pm