Umair Javed

The China ‘model’

It is worth clarifying some important features of China’s political economy before embracing it as an ideal. Updated Dec 02, 2019 08:19am

Structural transformations

Even when the data is usable, its presentation and access pose a challenge for users here. Updated Nov 18, 2019 07:25am

March of interests or ideas?

Is the JUI-F, specifically in its current incarnation, a vehicle for procedural democracy? Published Nov 04, 2019 07:10am

Student anger

Grievances can accumulate over a long period of time. Updated Oct 21, 2019 07:57am

Administrative tussles

The conversation on reforming local bureaucracies has bubbled over in an antagonistic manner. Published Oct 07, 2019 07:16am

Justice awaited

Junaid Hafeez’s case is yet another litmus test for all those claiming to uphold justice in this country. Published Sep 23, 2019 07:05am

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