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Rafia Zakaria

Past, present, and future

Past, present, and future

In a history boiled down only to a religious past lies a simplistic moral clarity that may never be present ... Published Aug 15, 2018 07:05am
Sinking Kolkata

Sinking Kolkata

It would be a win-win for all were it not for the intrusion of uncooperative and angry nature. Published Aug 08, 2018 06:53am
Enemies next door

Enemies next door

In a fast urbanising Pakistan, neighbours who have no understanding and connection to each other are routinely thrown Published Aug 01, 2018 07:03am
Making it shine again

Making it shine again

The democracy of today is a lot less shiny, quite a bit tarnished with the scum of being subjected to too much... Published Jul 25, 2018 07:06am
Other women prisoners

Other women prisoners

Adiala jail is home to over 6,000 inmates, hundreds of them women, who lack the privilege to request for even basic Published Jul 18, 2018 07:18am
Political daughters, wives & sisters

Political daughters, wives & sisters

If you are not talking about the superhuman worth of a venerated father, like Maryam Nawaz is, you simply do not have Updated Jul 11, 2018 02:59pm
Asians at Harvard

Asians at Harvard

In simple terms, African-Americans and Hispanics who are not as well represented as whites and Asian-Americans... Updated Jul 04, 2018 10:27pm
‘Real’ Pakistani women

‘Real’ Pakistani women

For many men, an ideal woman is one who has no sense of self, no basis to ever challenge the man’s decisions, who Updated Jun 20, 2018 08:28am
In praise of everyday rebels

In praise of everyday rebels

Nonconformists, once recognised, will be singled out and, in at least some small way, shamed. Published Jun 13, 2018 07:13am
Doing the dishes

Doing the dishes

The dishes are a symbol of shared work, of living a life together that reflects mutual respect rather than fear. Published Jun 06, 2018 07:00am
The ends of the world

The ends of the world

The Holocene has lasted almost 12,000 years; it will not end in one. Published May 30, 2018 06:53am
Loving the royals

Loving the royals

Pakistan’s adoration of archaic English customs is rooted in the idea ... Published May 23, 2018 06:56am
The ‘not-yet-disappeared’

The ‘not-yet-disappeared’

We imagine ourselves safe, not at threat of armed men arriving in the depths of the night. Updated May 16, 2018 07:49am
No let-up in ‘honour’ crime

No let-up in ‘honour’ crime

A demand can be made for a special investigation unit to probe the motivations behind ‘honour’ killings. Updated May 09, 2018 10:45am
The strongman season

The strongman season

We are living in a moment when some Western countries are liberal but undemocratic or democratic but illiberal. Published May 02, 2018 06:11am
Conquest and Cordoba

Conquest and Cordoba

The true loss is that of the Muslim imagination as it was in Islam’s golden age. Published Apr 25, 2018 07:09am
Visas and global poverty

Visas and global poverty

The international aid system is a moral hierarchy, with the aid grantors at the top. Published Apr 18, 2018 07:14am
A school of our own

A school of our own

The Mama Parsi Girls School, that turned 100 this month, has managed to create an environment of equality. Published Apr 11, 2018 06:48am