Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

Does Britain still have a colonial mind-set?

Britain, at the peak of its global reach, ruled over 1/3rd of the world and so it comes as no surprise that an element of colonial nostalgia secretly exists amongst Brits today. Following a rapturous Olympics outcome, various British celebrities and sports personalities made subtle hints to the days of the Empire on Twitter. Now that's what I call winning!!! Well done Team GB & all our Commonwealth friends, now for the Trade Agreements…. pic.twitter.com/Qg9qkYxWHp — Heather Wheeler MP (@HeatherWheeler) August 22, 2016 It could also be said that one of the reasons behind Brexit was the desire to return Britain to its former legacy of being a ...

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Did the EU referendum in Britain legitimise the voices of racism?

No one ever thought it would happen. All the polls, predictions and pundit conversations pointed to Britain clearly remaining within the EU.  So, it came as a seismic shock when the results revealed on Friday morning showed that the ‘leave EU’ campaign had actually succeeded by a very slim margin.  As dawn broke and the news spread throughout the country, the pound slipped to a 31-year low against the dollar, thus wiping off billions from banks and entrepreneurs’ balance sheets instantly. David Cameron proceeded to resign and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition also faced a no-confidence vote from ...

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No China, this ad IS racist and we are not being ‘sensitive’ about it!

The pursuit and appreciation of fair skin has always been considered to be a desi obsession but this week, an advert shown on Chinese TV showed that this unhealthy preoccupation with fair skin transcends boundaries.  In this seemingly innocuous advert, a Chinese woman beckons a black man, who is wolf whistling at her, dishevelled and wearing dirty clothes. She then proceeds to stuff his body into a washing machine and adds the particular detergent that is being advertised. After the spin cycle is complete, the man emerges as ‘fair’, clean and Chinese. It has, understandably, sparked outrage across social media and ...

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Donald Trump vs Sadiq Khan: Who is the better leader?

In a momentous blow to Donald Trump’s divisive tactics and fear-mongering, London elected their first Muslim mayor, Mr Sadiq Khan. Mr Khan, of Pakistani descent, was born and brought up in London and won the election despite being harangued as a terrorist sympathiser by Zac Goldsmith, his opponent and David Cameron. Although those allegations didn’t stick, his election shows that the people of London were able to look past his ethnicity and faith, and instead rely on his sound policies, like dealing with the on-going housing crisis that plagues London. Trump, on the other hand, seems to be gaining popularity in the American primaries by isolating different ethnicities ...

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The horrors of China’s one-child policy

China’s famous one-child policy was meant to be used as a mechanism to control a heaving population, even though it drew much criticism for the draconian method in which it was enforced. Add to the mix a cultural reliance on men being breadwinners and women being a burden on families and, soon enough, a gender imbalance of grotesque proportions started to emerge.The overly populated male population led to the relaxing of the rules by the Chinese government which now allows two children per couple. However, this hasn’t alleviated the problems being faced by a large, male population. There are reports of whole villages being populated by men and women ...

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Why is domestic abuse the selling point of Pakistani dramas?

The drama industry in Pakistan has grown exponentially and is a very valuable export of ours. These dramas have turned Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan into household names. For Pakistanis living abroad, they serve as a potent link to life back home and provide a much needed break from reality. However, there is still room for improvement. One particular thing that really irks me is the propensity to show violence against women on screen. There have been numerous incidents where a young member of my own family might be playing with a toy and they are suddenly transfixed to the TV screen, ...

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Is allowing menstruating women time off from work discriminatory against men?

Every woman on this planet will experience the immense joy of menstruation in her lifetime. It is something she was biologically made to experience. But for a workplace to recognise the pain she experiences whilst on her period is quite revolutionary. This week a company in Bristol, UK decided to allow menstruating women time off from work in order to recuperate from period pain. Suffice to say, this decision was met with a mixture of applause and derision from both men and women alike.  At first, I didn’t know how to react to the news. The feminist streak in me thought it was a brilliant idea ...

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Isn’t the Koh-i-Noor diamond better off with the British?

Just imagine, hypothetically speaking, that the British in their infinite wisdom and benevolence decided to return the Koh-i-Noor back to Pakistan, would we be able to maintain its splendour? Or keep it protected from theft? Or even protected from the corrupt hands of the numerous politicians who would be eyeing this as a ripe opportunity to rob Pakistan even further? In the hands of the British, at least we know the Koh-i-Noor is preserved and protected from any ill-intentioned parties. If Pakistan is not benefiting from the magnificence of the Koh-i-Noor then neither are the British. They have, after all, put it ...

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David Cameron, why did you single out Muslim women?

The English language is a very peculiar thing. It can be difficult to grapple with its eccentric rules of grammar, punctuation and pronunciation. However it is a language that is fast becoming a necessary modicum of communication. The English language pervades social media, popular songs and movies and has even become a pre-requisite skill that one has to obtain before moving to the West. I definitely agree that if someone from Pakistan or any other country, moves to the United States or England, they must have a basic idea of what the language entails, not because learning English will shed ...

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America, you didn’t let them go to Disneyland because they are Muslim?

Every single day, I wake up to more and more stories of Muslims either being thrown in front of moving trains, or having pigs heads thrown at their educational establishments or even being denied entry to the US in order to go on an innocuous holiday to Disneyland. Muslims seem to be tainted by association.  Whenever a Muslim is portrayed in a positive light in the media, a couple of weeks later the same publication will try and besmirch him in some manner, like Aylan Kurdi’s father being labelled as a people smuggler after his son become an emblem of the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s as if being a Muslim ...

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