Umair Javed

Demanding power in Pakistan

Short-term redressal is not unique to the electricity sector but it is perhaps a domain in which it remains the most persistent. Published 11 Jul, 2021 07:07am
Land struggles

Land struggles

In other countries, local movements around land and housing have received tremendous support from political parties ... Published 28 Jun, 2021 06:51am
Populism and Pakistan

Populism and Pakistan

The country’s politics is not immune to being shaped by regional and global populisms in a myriad of ways. Updated 14 Jun, 2021 08:48am
Associations and mafias

Associations and mafias

Seen from one angle, the story of associational politics is a story of protecting and extracting economic and political rents. Published 31 May, 2021 07:24am
Cuisine and culture

Cuisine and culture

There is a drive towards the creation of a ‘national cuisine’ landscape as well as greater insight into region-based diversity. Published 17 May, 2021 06:41am
Co-optation and expediency

Co-optation and expediency

A concessional approach has emboldened religious groups to make more demands. Updated 03 May, 2021 08:48am
Inequality and ideology

Inequality and ideology

Hunger and want, and the constant reminder of inequality,may condition religious mobilisation, but they are not solely sufficient. Published 19 Apr, 2021 06:17am
Cultural imports and the state

Cultural imports and the state

The appeal of Turkish cultural imports makes sense in light of the country’s more recent history of Islamist violence. Updated 05 Apr, 2021 08:31am
Conservative anxieties

Conservative anxieties

There are also categorical institutional and structural factors at play. Updated 22 Mar, 2021 08:28am
Domestic exploitation

Domestic exploitation

Ideologically, various tiers of the Pakistani state apparatus are not committed to the eradication of exploitative work. Published 08 Feb, 2021 05:30am
Informality and state policy

Informality and state policy

Large segments of what is dubbed the informal economy are perfectly legal in occupational terms. Published 25 Jan, 2021 07:16am
Statism in Pakistan

Statism in Pakistan

If the last two years in office show something, it is that PTI has become the vehicle for Pakistan’s own statist ideology. Updated 11 Jan, 2021 08:37am
Dynasticism and its discontents

Dynasticism and its discontents

Unless compelled by circumstances, why would you change a norm that largely works in your favour? Published 14 Dec, 2020 06:59am
Creating a welfare legacy

Creating a welfare legacy

A number of issues have been identified with the cash-transfer intervention. Published 30 Nov, 2020 07:34am
Diversity and the same page

Diversity and the same page

In recent years, the overarching thrust of ethnic politics in the country remains relatively contained. Updated 16 Nov, 2020 09:25am
Confrontation and continuity

Confrontation and continuity

Outcomes of confrontation between political actors are determined by the resources available to each. Updated 19 Oct, 2020 12:17pm