Umair Javed

Violent assertion

Violent assertion

What are the factors behind this violent assertion, and what aspects of the current political dispensation continue to enable it? Published 21 Sep, 2020 08:01am
Political roots of a city

Political roots of a city

Separate and distinct mandates do not change the underlying ecological reality of a given space. Updated 07 Sep, 2020 09:49am
Contradictory urbanisation

Contradictory urbanisation

Citizen preferences must be understood not just from the lens of infrastructure planning but also from a cultural... Published 24 Aug, 2020 06:30am
Future of devolution politics

Future of devolution politics

As a singular entity, the Pakistani state faces far fewer domestic pressures than in the past. Published 10 Aug, 2020 07:51am
A ban on good sense

A ban on good sense

Who bears the cost of these controls? Obviously not the generation that is making these decisions. Published 27 Jul, 2020 07:31am
Unmet aspirations

Unmet aspirations

What do the vast majority of young citizens, those aged between 18 and 30 in particular, want in their lives? Published 13 Jul, 2020 06:59am
Urban welfare in Pakistan

Urban welfare in Pakistan

Many cities across the world owe their developmental legacies to the role their residents played, and were allowed to Published 29 Jun, 2020 07:47am
Inequality and the pandemic

Inequality and the pandemic

Covid-19, contrary to being some great leveller, actually magnifies some distinctions. Updated 16 Jun, 2020 04:34pm
Responsibility and norms

Responsibility and norms

When observers posit that the Pakistani population is not equipped to follow SOPs, what are they alluding to? Published 01 Jun, 2020 07:53am
Lessons from Kerala

Lessons from Kerala

Kerala’s investments in a large public health system have paid obvious dividends. Published 18 May, 2020 07:06am
Tackling the crisis

Tackling the crisis

This crisis has triggered an upsurge in intellectual work from academia, civil society, and professionals from .... Published 20 Apr, 2020 06:06am
Welfare considerations

Welfare considerations

Barring some belated decision-making by the centre, Pakistan’s response has generally been efficient. Published 06 Apr, 2020 06:46am
Two glaring deficits

Two glaring deficits

There is no large-scale welfare mechanism that can reach adversely impacted populations. Published 23 Mar, 2020 07:09am
Keyboard warriors

Keyboard warriors

Associational politics and citizens taking responsibilities for the causes they care about is what sustains democracy. Updated 09 Mar, 2020 07:38am
Vocation and education

Vocation and education

To succeed as a consuming citizen, one has to rethink the meaning of education. Published 24 Feb, 2020 07:04am
Violence as justice

Violence as justice

Public opinion polling from the Gilani Research Foundation back in 2016 found overwhelming ... Published 10 Feb, 2020 07:04am
The cost of stability

The cost of stability

Party leaders need elected politicians to provide them with a veneer of legitimacy and to form a government. Updated 27 Jan, 2020 02:23pm
Diarchy revisited

Diarchy revisited

Most people underestimate just how entrenched a particular system or configuration of elite power is in Pakistan’s Published 13 Jan, 2020 07:08am
Work and exploitation

Work and exploitation

As things stand, 73pc of all labour in urban areas, approximately 11.4m individuals, are associated with informal work. Published 30 Dec, 2019 07:15am