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Rafia Zakaria

Dark tourism

Dark tourism

It is well known that in India, which markets itself as ‘exotic India’, tourists can take guided tours of large slums. Published Feb 13, 2019 07:07am
See it not

See it not

Searching souls desperate to locate some bit of self-image discover only disappointment. Published Feb 06, 2019 07:31am
Fat and flight

Fat and flight

The story of Pakistan International Airlines has become a tale of woe and misuse. Updated Jan 30, 2019 11:26am
Propaganda for the patriarchy

Propaganda for the patriarchy

The goal of all of this fiction is to produce pliant women so obsessed with their own imperfections that they ... Published Jan 23, 2019 06:58am
Decemberistan redux

Decemberistan redux

Having endured the slow slog of nine months of summer, the sun moves a bit further away, allowing everyone to... Published Jan 16, 2019 07:12am
Angry American woman

Angry American woman

Tlaib refused to apologise and stood by her words; she had said exactly what she had intended to say. Published Jan 09, 2019 07:14am
Half the population

Half the population

Pakistan ranks next to last in the whole world when it comes to women’s rights and gender equality. Published Jan 02, 2019 06:21am
Love and dowry

Love and dowry

Everyone knows the disasters of debt that are inflicted on families in the midst of arranging daughters’ marriages. Published Dec 26, 2018 06:55am
The problem with baby powder

The problem with baby powder

Consumer confidence and trust determine sales, particularly where products for children are concerned. Published Dec 19, 2018 06:57am
Men and their manners

Men and their manners

In most cases, women don’t complain, because there is no one to complain to. Published Dec 12, 2018 07:01am
Laughing celebrity brides

Laughing celebrity brides

Brides will laugh heartily and longer when they know they are not beholden to serving their husbands or their in-laws... Published Dec 05, 2018 07:18am
Power and data

Power and data

Mass surveillance, particularly that which utilises big data to eliminate all forms of privacy and individual choice... Published Nov 28, 2018 07:02am
Marriage and exit

Marriage and exit

The whole point of all the vetting is to ensure that the dissolution of a marriage never occurs. Published Nov 21, 2018 06:36am
Going to America

Going to America

The proposed rules, if passed, will eliminate family reunification as a category of visas. Updated Nov 14, 2018 07:33am
Mistrusting science

Mistrusting science

The results of the DNA tests done are not considered determinative in the courts. Published Nov 07, 2018 06:20am
A Muslim congresswoman

A Muslim congresswoman

Even a woman who is extremely popular cannot get through the harsh process of electioneering without some... Published Oct 31, 2018 07:05am
The definition of aggression

The definition of aggression

The United Nations today is experiencing perhaps an unprecedented devolution in terms of its power and its influence. Updated Oct 24, 2018 08:46am
China’s ‘leftovers’

China’s ‘leftovers’

Unlike more critical aid givers of the past, China will let Pakistan perpetuate its own misogynies. Updated Oct 17, 2018 09:53am
The bride hunt

The bride hunt

Women have not amassed enough power to actually overthrow the patriarchal system that was at the core of arranged Published Oct 10, 2018 06:55am
Hearings from hell

Hearings from hell

It is difficult to imagine a sexually abused woman in Pakistan speaking up publicly about her ordeal. Published Oct 03, 2018 06:52am