Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future

Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future

This week, The Students’ Herald is recalling two tragic events from our country’s history. The first event is the military coup led by General Ziaul Haq against the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The second event is the demise of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, sister of the founder of this country, and a staunch defender of democracy. Continue reading “Editor’s Note: Past Resistance Paves Way for the Future”

‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era

‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era

Maryam Mirza

There is a strange melancholy in reminiscing about Zia ul Haq’s era. Strange because I, as a mind and body, have not lived through it – yet the historical memory of the dictatorial regime remains omnipresent in almost every facet of the Pakistani experience – including the country’s artistic evolution. Despite massive wide scale suppression of resistant voices, the amount of literary, intellectual and artistic work that has recorded rebellion and censorship during the Zia era is unparalleled to another period in Pakistan’s history. Despite state active efforts to shun critical speech, it was through the words of brave and revolutionary writers that today the modern citizen recognises his governance as a crucial turning point in the country’s politics and social life. Continue reading “‘To Remain Silent is to Die’: Poetry as Resistance during the Zia Era”

Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.

The Students’ Herald

In the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities we support the fight for free and equal education for all, and as such we support the ongoing student protests in Pakistan led by the SAC. We support the students’ right to unionize and we ask that their voices be heard. Continue reading “Letter of support for the Student Action Committee (SAC) from the Students’ Union of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.”

Razing the Fortress of Oppression

Razing the Fortress of Oppression

Maryam Shakeel

“Yeh Hisaar-e-Sitam Koi Tou Giraye Ga”

In the wake of the global pandemic, Balochistan’s educational system is once again under the siege of various catastrophic limitations. Students of Balochistan lack proper internet facilities and are struggling to save their future. On June 23, Progressive Students Collective along with several other student groups organized a Student Solidarity Protest which took place in all major cities of Pakistan, including Quetta and Loralai. Once again, the streets echoed with slogans of peaceful protestors demanding their rights. Despite the state’s hostility towards non-violent protestors, students offered an inspiring resistance. The role played by women activists, in particular, is worth mentioning. Continue reading “Razing the Fortress of Oppression”

Online education is the future, so what holds it back?

Online education is the future, so what holds it back?

Taqveem Warraich

What was once impossible appears to be a new reality today. Man has always been in a state of war against nature and has seemingly evolved and helped in making this world more liveable than before. Pandemics or any other calamity is merely an opportunity for humans to respond and reflect on new challenges and showcase their abilities to cope. The world is now shifting towards a ‘new normal’ and, of course, the transformation is not devoid of pits and potholes. Continue reading “Online education is the future, so what holds it back?”

Pandemic, Nature and Technology

Pandemic, Nature and Technology

Usama Malick

A pandemic is commonly defined as the worldwide spread of a novel disease. If we look in the hindsight, we will get to have a number of accounts of gory pandemics that ravaged the human lives beyond the ken of many an intellect such as ‘Black Death’—that reportedly wiped out over half of Europe’s population — and ‘Spanish Flu’—which nigh 500 million people fell victim to and the morbidity rate was also very alarming. Besides these, history has been a witness to many other pandemics including ‘Asian Flu’ and ‘AIDS’. Asian Flu claimed more than one million lives across the globe and Aids claimed nearly 35 million lives ever since it was first identified. Continue reading “Pandemic, Nature and Technology”

The Truth About Professor X

The Truth About Professor X

The Students’ Herald

The Students’ Herald received a number of anonymous submissions exposing the harassment and abuse female students were facing on their campuses. These students wished to remain anonymous and were also afraid of sharing identities of the teachers who had harassed them. However, they wanted to share with our readers their experiences. TSH has compiled their stories and reproduced them in the following lines. Continue reading “The Truth About Professor X”

A pre-COVID heedful approach towards on-campus harassment in GCU

A pre-COVID heedful approach towards on-campus harassment in GCU

Najla Shoaib

If I had to look into the system and make an in-depth analysis on what is wrong with it, I could come up with a comprehensive list. However, if I had to pinpoint all of that to just one point, that would be difficult. I have spent the better part of last year thinking about what the one thing that is wrong with the system; is it the sexism or the misogyny? Is it the religious fanaticism or the Punjabi supremacist beliefs? In the end, I’ve come down to just one conclusion; power. It is those who are the in higher hierarchal positions of the structure, who have the power to make decisions, who are the real culprits. Continue reading “A pre-COVID heedful approach towards on-campus harassment in GCU”

Students and Stress

Students and Stress

Mehr un nissa

We have been taught since we were little that the Earth is always moving. It never slows down or takes a moment to catch its breath. It is an undeniable fact that if the Earth stops spinning, our life as we know it would be over. Maybe this is the reason why we tend to live fast-paced lives. We’re always on the go, one step after the other; we never stop to reflect or check up on ourselves because we are scared of the destruction it would cause. That is also the reason why acute stress is prevalent in all stages of our life. From the day we enter school to the whole of our adult life, stress is our body’s reaction to the challenges we face during this period. Continue reading “Students and Stress”