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What These Pakistanis Girls Wish To Do If They Were Boys For A Day Might Shock You

Some time ago in a poll on my Instagram story, I asked Pakistani girls from among my followers a simple question: what they would do if they were to be guys for 24 hours and why. The results did not shock me, and I could relate to almost all of the answers. One respondent from Rawalpindi, Rameen, said: “Get out of my house and walk around the neighborhood.” And that, very plainly, is the reality


Americans Still Haven’t Learned To Leave Foreign Tribes Alone

From the Crusades, to Britain’s colonization of India, to the Spanish Inquisition, and finally to the genocide and statistical extermination of Native Americans, the Western practice of conquering and forcing others to conform to its ideals has a long and sullied history. Missionary work in particular, which ultimately led to the recent death of a 26-year-old American on a hostile island, is a point of contention. It’s been speculated that evangelization had a hand in


Here’s What’s Worrying About Indian Laws Regarding Sexual Crime

Recently, on April 21, 2018, the Indian government approved the death penalty for crimes surrounding the rape of children under the age of 12. This new order came to light after the public backlash the government faced in regards to its inaction and silence over the horrifying rape of an 8-year-old girl, Asifa, in Kashmir. As India takes steps to combat such tragedies with its laws, it is important to keep in mind that the world’s largest democracy still faces


What the Taj Mahal Really Represents

A controversial politician from one of India’s major political parties has called the iconic Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian culture” built by “traitors”. Sangeet Som, from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made his remarks after it emerged that the landmark had been excluded from a state tourism booklet — the Gorakhnath Math temple taking its place. He also stoked religious tensions further by referring to only Hindu rulers such as Maharana Pratap and


How Growing Up In a Religious Indian Household Has Affected Me

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had to participate in Christian traditions. Since my family is Indian and strictly conservative, it obviously made my childhood extremely fun. But other than being forced to partake in a 45-minute prayer every night as well as attending church every Sunday, it additionally influenced me heavily throughout my life. In school, I was bullied for “defending my religion.” My mother always made sure to remind me that I was


Remember, South Asia Is Flooded Too

Bangladesh, India and Nepal are not experiencing a normal monsoon season this year – while torrential rain is expected in South Asia between July and September, the current water levels have created an international crisis, the current death toll being at 1,200 with 40 million affected by the floods, including 16 million children. In Bangladesh alone, one week’s worth of rainfall fell in just a few hours in mid-August. And unfortunately, we can’t expect the trouble


Why Studying Orientalism Should Be Mandatory Today

Studying the work of cultural critic Edward Said and his seminal theory of Orientalism should become, in my opinion, a rite of passage for every student. Many students at New York University Abu Dhabi, my current place of study, agree that the prevalence of Said’s ideas on Orientalism is so enmeshed within the fabric of our curricula that it may be regarded an academic tradition – and rightly so, I say. Even if Said’s text


Scotland’s Approach To Penniless Periods By Supplying Free Sanitary Products Is Progress

According to the Huffington Post , Scotland has responded to a ‘period poverty’ by providing free sanitary products to women with low incomes. There will be a six month scheme that will provide free sanitary products for low income households in Aberdeen. MoneySavingExpert recorded that eligible women are issued ‘S-Cards’ to display to at their pharmacies for free products. It was only recently that it as been recorded by the The Independent  that girls from low income backgrounds are

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One International Student to Others Considering College in Trump’s America: “You aren’t going to be treated equally”

We’re getting used to the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America, but we’re reaching the point now where even highly-qualified, well-educated, and completely legal international professionals have no other choice but to go back home. I had a chance to speak with 27-year-old Maya* from Mumbai, India, who obtained her F-1 visa and came to the United States in 2014. This visa allows international students to pursue a program of study in the United


Controversy Strikes in India After a 10-Year-Old Girl Was Raped and Asked For an Abortion

In India, a law was introduced to fight India’s unbalanced gender ratio. This is because of a cultural preference for sons, that has led to millions of female fetuses being aborted. The law states that no fetuses are to be terminated after 20 weeks unless the woman’s life is in danger. However, India’s Supreme Court has received many petitions for an abortion from women who have been raped, but the decision has always been given to

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