Umair Javed

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
Moral panic and social change

Moral panic and social change

Sometimes change will stem from moral panic, other times by the sheer force of patriarchal violence wielded by traditionalists. Updated 05 Oct, 2020 08:15am
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