Saturday, April 13

K-Global

Women in Art: Celebrating the Triumphs and Trials of Female Artists
K-Global, K-Literature

Women in Art: Celebrating the Triumphs and Trials of Female Artists

Throughout the pages of history, women have stood as silent architects of society's grandeur. Yet, their extraordinary contributions, gracing the realms of art, literature, and science, have remained the concealed gems that have often been overlooked and undervalued. This disregard can be attributed to the presence of gender-based obstacles and societal biases that hindered the recognition of women's achievements. In the realm of art, women have often faced discouragement as they have frequently been depicted as subjects in numerous artworks, such as the Mona Lisa, but have seldom been celebrated as artists. However, they have made significant progress, evolving from marginalized figures to influential creators. It is imperative to celebrate the creativity and resilience of women in art b...
The Quiet Cleansing
K-Global, K-Pakistan

The Quiet Cleansing

Pooja Kumar, an 18 year old Hindu girl was shot dead by people of influence in the rural, and feudal town of Rohri, Sindh. Her sin only consisted of  resisting forced marriage at the hand of Wahid Bux Lashari, the accused, according to police reports. Although exact figures are arduous to obtain, almost twenty Hindu girls are abducted and converted to Islam in Pakistan every single month. As per UN reports, Hindu girls as young as thirteen are being kidnapped, trafficked and coerced to marry men twice, triple their age and consequently forced to convert to Islam. These marriages and conversions take place through coercive mechanisms such as threatening, violence or excommunication and although coercion is hard to prove, humanitarian activists say close to a 1000 Hindu girls have beco...
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
K-Entertainment, K-Global

Everybody Wants To Rule The World

It’s a tale as old as time, really. Humans have always been drawn to power, to beauty, to glory. To everything that will eventually be their undoing. Throughout history, brilliant men and women have found themselves seized by a deep, subconscious desire that has slowly consumed them fully. There has always been this undying wish, this undeniable thirst, to prove their worth and to leave behind something. A mark; a scar. Anything to let it be known that they once lived. That they once walked this very Earth.  Let me tell you a story. 10,000 years ago, a young child stumbled upon a cave hidden in the mountainside while tending to his herd. Ignoring his mother’s calls for supper, he went to explore, to poke around and see all that his little heart desired. He took in everything: the ...
<strong>The Enigma of Anne Boleyn: A Queen Slain or a Scheming Sinner?</strong>
K-Entertainment, K-Global

The Enigma of Anne Boleyn: A Queen Slain or a Scheming Sinner?

Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife, has been the subject of much historical conjecture for centuries, leaving one to ponder whether she was a cunning manipulator who rose to power through her wit and charm, or rather, a victim of political conspiracies - unjustly accused and executed. The answer, unfortunately, remains shrouded in mystery, but it is worth exploring the story of this intriguing figure. Anne Boleyn, born into a prominent family in England in the early 16th century, was renowned for her intelligence, charm, and quick wit. In 1525, she caught the eye of King Henry VIII and their romantic relationship began, despite the fact that it was controversial as the king was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The importance of King Henry's marriage to Anne...
Contemplating The Face Of God: Sufi Art
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Contemplating The Face Of God: Sufi Art

"A way and a means of striking a root through the 'narrow gate' in the depth of the soul out into the domain of the pure arid un-imprisonable Spirit which itself opens out onto the Divinity." That is how Ahmad Al Tajani (a revered Sufi born in modern day Algeria) defines Sufism and even though there have been many definitions, this quintessentially addresses the core embodiment of the Sufi philosophy. Just like art, Sufism knows no bounds. It could be found in the hands of the dervishes in India while also residing with the Alawiyya community in France. Sufism echoes through history and paves the way for a more meaningful future and to aid this ART at its forefronts. It is deep rooted in Sufi philosophy but the most well-known and exalted example would be of Jalal al-Din Rumi. ...
The Herd-ification of the Ubermensch
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The Herd-ification of the Ubermensch

German philosopher and an academic professor, Frederick Nietzsche, has served as an inspiration to a plethorha of people from the likes of public intellectuals such as Carl Jung, to brutal tyrants such as Hitler himself. Largely considered a nihilist, his statement on the ‘death of God’ is his more notoriously controversial subject (which is a discussion for another day), but his ideas on the method to live a fulfilling life and his critique of the ‘herd’ mentality is what has influenced the lives of his readers greatly. The ‘herd’, which can be described as the society one lives in, is the easy way out, according to Nietzsche. The way of life where one is told what to believe, what to do, and where self-determination is largely absent is unfulfilling because in a seemingly meaningless...
DECOLONISING SOUTH ASIAN BODIES
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DECOLONISING SOUTH ASIAN BODIES

14th August 1947: 82 years. It has been eighty-two years since South Asians were liberated from the brutal colonial rule of the British Empire. Yet, we still observe the devastating manifestations of the subjugating rule in the fabric of our societies. From our tumultuous network of infrastructures to the deeply embedded stigmas depriving our populations of the right to live peacefully. Perhaps the most significant embodiment of the Empire is evident in our South Asian bodies. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the people of India suffered at the hands of a series of cataclysmic famines, perpetuated due to the structure of apathetic colonial policies amalgamated with nature's wrath. These policies included rack renting (both legal and illegal), abandonment of the maintenance of agr...
Hitler: A Chance Gambler Or An Evil Genius?
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Hitler: A Chance Gambler Or An Evil Genius?

Looking at history in hindsight with a critical apprehension, a lot of incidents and events effectively fall into a domino effect - making sense as slight factors contribute to a revolutionary movement such as the Suffrage Movement in the 1920s.  However, some of the drastic occurrences that marked the Earth for better or worse remain strangely inexplicable. One of such neon question marks entails Hitler’s rise to power while the rest of the world slept soundly. The superpowers of that era simply turned a blind eye to Hitler’s blatant disregard of the infamous Treaty of Versailles, the unveiled rearmament of Germany which was essentially in light of preparation for the war and the consequent invasions into Sudetenland and Poland. Was it simply to prolong the unbalanced threatened ...
Why the blue-eyed and the blonde first?
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Why the blue-eyed and the blonde first?

Ever since 1948, Palestinians have been choking on thick air with injustice, crime, and conundrum. Fear is a loyal, daily companion moving with them hand in hand, embodied in imprisonment and killing, mishandling and dishonouring of bodies, loss of income, honour, dignity, freedom, and rights. Every day civilians are met with the deaths of brothers, fathers, sons, and reality hits them hard when their retaliatory activities are labeled as extremism. Living under this decades-old occupation has brought serious risks to the health of the citizens and what's worse is that they are denied the right to medical treatments too. Maternal and neonatal mortality rates are high as mothers face delayed deliveries and extremely inadequate care. Women and children encounter poor health facilities, d...
The new face of Afghanistan’s Taliban ruler
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The new face of Afghanistan’s Taliban ruler

The new face of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers owes his freedom to the U.S. In 2001, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, tried to arrange the group’s surrender to the new U.S.-backed Afghan government. It was rejected. He spent most of the past decade under arrest in Pakistan. He returns to power 20 years later after the U.S. lobbied for his release when the Trump administration launched talks with the Taliban. At the helm of the group’s political office in Doha, its de facto embassy, Mullah Baradar led talks with the U.S. that culminated in a deal to end America’s engagement in the 20-year war. The world still has little idea who Afghanistan’s new leaders are and how they will rule the country. If the movement has a face, today it is Mullah Baradar. He is the ...