Umair Javed

Striking bargains

Striking bargains

The problem lies not in elections in the broadest sense possible, but with the type of politics being ... Published 04 Oct, 2021 06:57am
A decade of change & stagnation

A decade of change & stagnation

Over a decade, three more women out of 100 aged between 19 and 39 have acquired college degrees, compared to only two more men. Updated 20 Sep, 2021 08:18am
Education as politics

Education as politics

Increasingly it seems, more opportunities in higher education and the workforce are reserved for those on ... Published 23 Aug, 2021 06:46am
Pragmatism as policy

Pragmatism as policy

The wholesale adoption of marketisation policies has produced undesirable results. Published 09 Aug, 2021 08:25am
Clinging on to fiction

Clinging on to fiction

Pakistan consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of all assessments on gender equality. Updated 26 Jul, 2021 08:05am

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