Umair Javed

India as an example

The social foundations of Modi’s authoritarianism make for deeply unsettling prospects about the region’s future. Published Aug 26, 2019 07:00am

PTI's one year in Punjab

The government's success in implementing its agenda will remain contingent on how it deals with its own contradictions. Updated Aug 23, 2019 03:11pm

‘Managing’ the internet

It doesn’t take much to see that the China or Bangladesh or Burma model occupies many important minds. Updated Jul 29, 2019 07:45am

Unrooted politics

Ultimately,what we’re left with is a situation in which control of the state is being determined by hidden transactions. Published Jul 15, 2019 07:01am

Conflict or compromise?

While the idea of a ‘charter of economy’ might sound great at first, there are several practical and moral ... Published Jul 01, 2019 07:14am

Managing a political project

We’re left with the careful curation of political space and, ultimately, of desirable outcomes. Published Jun 17, 2019 06:51am

A resounding mandate

The BJP’s ability to mobilise large amounts of money has also helped grease its election machine. Published Jun 03, 2019 07:27am

Painful adjustments

In order to analyse the country’s future, we need to look at what the bulk of its population is experiencing. Published May 20, 2019 07:12am

Litmus tests for devolution

On paper, the new local government system introduces a range of sound technical propositions. Published May 06, 2019 06:46am

Contradictory pulls

This civilian-led government is not dissimilar from previous ones in that it is being pulled in three often ... Published Apr 22, 2019 06:59am

Credentialed inequality

Banning a system that has expanded considerably over the last two decades may produce all sorts of negative consequences Published Mar 25, 2019 07:16am

Resistance politics

Over the last year or so, there have been a number of events and trends that provide some cause for optimism. Published Mar 11, 2019 07:41am

Rethinking urbanisation

New models of development where the state invites private investors to acquire land create new challenges. Published Feb 25, 2019 07:14am

Refusing to learn

Ethnic conflict was around when Pakistan became an independent state. Updated Feb 11, 2019 10:11am

Abstract numbers, real people

The bulk of garment manufacturing now takes place in unregistered workshops that escape already sporadic labour ... Published Jan 28, 2019 07:00am

Taking stock of democracy

The political party landscape remains wracked with judicial complications and ongoing accountability pressures. Published Dec 31, 2018 06:52am

Institutional strengthening?

Years of compromised logic dictating government functioning have eroded bureaucratic capacity in myriad ways. Updated Dec 17, 2018 12:58pm

Listening to students

Recent student activism has gone well beyond issues of access. Updated Dec 03, 2018 10:43am

Media blues

The young and urban population is the future market for Pakistan’s media and cultural production industry. Published Nov 19, 2018 06:28am