Stories published in March, 2016

Would a man watch Supergirl with as much zeal as watching Superman?

I recently asked my sister-in-law’s young male cousin what TV shows he was watching these days.  “The Flash, The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Supergirl,” he replied. “You know, all of the superhero shows,” he continued. I didn’t say anything in the moment, for fear of appearing uncool, but I beamed with pride at how casually he added Supergirl to his list. Much has been made about the fact that Supergirl was the first TV show in decades with a super powered female lead. But to him the Woman of Steel is just another epic crime fighter. PHOTO: IMDB He is growing ...

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Child marriage is a disgusting practice

Every year, hundreds of young girls are deprived of their destiny right before they blossom and they’re trampled upon mercilessly. Why do rituals, generation-old promises and societal concerns continue to decide the fate of those who haven’t even reached adulthood? The on-going issue of child marriages in developing countries has been highlighted by UNICEF in a hair rising video. UNICEF has taken a step to create awareness about child brides and is taking great initiatives to put a much needed end to this grave issue. This thought provoking agony is just another story for listeners but in reality, it puts an ...

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War is beautiful: Does photography glamourise war?

Forty years ago, Susan Sontag, in an essay for the New York Review of Books, wrote, “To photograph people is to violate them… Just as a camera is a sublimation of a gun, to photograph someone is a sublimated murder.” This and other essays backed her argument that photography was “essentially an act of non-intervention” that shared “complicity” in “another person’s pain or misfortune”. Photo: www.worldpressphoto.org Significantly, Sontag noted that Nick Ut’s (Huỳnh Công Út) photo of Kim Phuc, a naked South Vietnamese girl with arms spread, wracked in pain from napalm, “Did more to increase the public revulsion against the ...

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Nawaz Sharif’s government is great for India

In a rare and candid admission, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, accepted complicity in the Kargil misadventure during a rally addressed by him at Muzzafarabad. It requires real courage and conviction for any leader to admit to their mistakes. Sharif also endorsed former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s assertion that the Kargil incident was ‘a stab in the back’. His admission comes at a time when the Pathankot incident has derailed the peace process between both the countries. Following Partition and the three wars since then, both countries have adopted an ostrich like approach when it comes to engaging with one another. Strained India-Pakistan relations are ...

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10 Pakistani women who beat the odds every time

When Allama Iqbal lyrically waxed, “Wujood-e-zan se hai tasveer-e-kainaat mein rang,” (The colours of the universe are there because of the existence of womankind) He was grossly underestimating the effect women have had on the universe; for there’s a lot more to women than just the imparting of colours. Pakistani women have always been beacons of hope and struggle and have been leaving their marks in every field; on national and international grounds. Among all the other lies media feeds the world about Pakistan, our women being incessantly confined to their houses is one raging stereotype. I belong to a family of strong women; none of ...

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What is the point of marrying a woman if you can’t divorce her and marry four others?

The world has not been kind to men recently. After centuries of oppressing women and exchanging them as property, men cannot simply be asked to suddenly start treating them as people. I would claim that it goes against millions of years of evolution but any talk of evolution is haram so that point is moot. In this era of political correctness and Caitlyn Jenner, the last safe haven for men was Saudi Arabia – a utopian world where men could roam free without the distraction of women driving, women cycling and women breathing. If you claim you have seen a woman breathe in Saudi ...

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How safe will Pakistan’s cricket team be in India?

Since the dawn of modern time, sports have been weaved diligently into the diplomatic affairs of a state and seen as a means to bridge gaps between chasms of differences. Not only does it do the aforementioned, but the message of goodwill that sporting events propagate has helped to bolster communal relations between states in a way that surpasses all differences of culture, ethnicity and religion. Sports can bring hostile nations together and help to temporarily stave off the plethora of discrepancies that might spark out in battlefields. For this very reason, sport diplomacy is amongst one of the very ...

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This Women’s Day, our celebrations remain incomplete

There was a time when women would hide their bruised faces with layers of foundation, fake a smile and accompany the husband to a family dinner 20 minutes after being beaten. They would weep in the bathroom when everyone, including the children, had gone to sleep. They thought they were being good wives, upright mothers and chaste women by letting the hurt fester. And then, somehow, somewhere, things began to change. Around 102-years after the first observance of International Women’s Day that took place on March 8 1914, Pakistan’s women are ruffling some feathers. A recent Facebook post of a young woman posting ...

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Stop public shaming this woman on Facebook – you don’t even know her story!

After a funny period of memes, a sentimental phase of “Keep Calm” and “Happiness Is” photos, there is a new category of pictures on Facebook: pictures that provoke public-shaming. An image is posted, showing the affluent and poor in a societal setup that does not favour the poor and soon after, it is shared countless times leading to public shaming of the rich. Recently, my friend shared a photo of a woman shopping at a designer outlet with a man towing behind her carrying her shopping bags. The caption of this photo reads: “I was appalled. Is it that difficult to carry your own bags ...

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The only good thing about Jai Gangaajal is Prakash Jha himself!

Priyanka Chopra is making headlines as a cast member in Baywatch and recently the actress made ripples in Bollywood again by playing the role of SP Abha Mathur in Jai Gangaajal. Chopra has been mesmerising audiences with her bubbly appeal, however, in Jai Gangaajal she brings out a more sombre and mature look. The story revolves around SP Abha Mathur who, is Bankipur District’s first female SP and, is burning midnight oil to catch the corrupt. She stands tall amongst other police officers of her district, and upholds her integrity whilst fighting criminals. Piggy Chops has the looks and certainly ...

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