Author Archives: Faraz Talat


Faraz Talat

The ruler is never one of us

“Just smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.” It seems that the politicians who are ‘just like us’ struggle an awful lot trying to get photographed while behaving like ‘regular’ citizens. In


Faraz Talat

The Racism of Higher Expectations

Everybody needs room to make mistakes and evolve socially. The counter-movement against political correctness frequently makes use of the term, ‘bigotry of reduced expectations’. Also known as ‘benevolent bigotry’, the term implies


Faraz Talat

Who’s helping the NGO women?

Some modicum of justice please! Over the past few weeks alone, I have collected numerous reports of wanton abuse, unchallenged aggression, and hair-raising incidents of repeated sexual harassment and violence. Based on


Faraz Talat

Gorilla Lives Matter

There’s no reason for human empathy to drop dead This is not satire, and the very need to clarify so, is upsetting. This is not intended to ridicule or belittle Black Lives


Faraz Talat

We, the Oppressors

Chak 44, Minorities and breeding extremism There’s a crisis looming in the horizon of Chak 44 in District Mandi Bahauddin, and it is distressingly similar to the storm that hit Gojra and


Faraz Talat

A House Divided

The Inside Politics of Desi liberals A few days ago, Pakistan’s online liberal community detonated into a mushroom cloud potentially visible from the international space station, with a spark originating from the bloc’s


Faraz Talat

What About Lahore?

Recognition of humanity   There’s long been an unsaid agreement that a death toll in the East is simply a number that tickertapes across the bottom of the news screen. It is

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