Author Archives: Umair Javed


Umair Javed

On ‘corruption’

The problem is not what you think The prevalence of corruption, just like its historicity, cannot be under stressed because as recent work on the economy of the armed forces has shown


Umair Javed

The unplanned (r)evolution

The narrative of transformation in Punjab It is commonly asserted that Marx, despite being incredibly nuanced in some of his earlier work, was far too deterministic, reductionist, and linear in his political


Umair Javed

On bombs and parliament

Twitter-world, I’ve realised, is a fun place. It allows people to put their feet, hands, and any other part of the human anatomy into their mouths, all within the extremely reasonable space


Umair Javed

Viva la materialism!

An apology for being a bit late to this but it was only yesterday that I found out my beloved country, my mumlikat-e-khudadaad, my sohni dharti is about to be blessed with


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The academic epidemic

Around 8 months ago, I had the misfortune of meeting a lady who earns her living as an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at a major federal government university. In


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Merit and law in colonial India

Corruption is nothing new In most political conversations with older relatives, two wildly inaccurate concepts are bound to pop up almost every single time. The first is ‘siyasat mein achay log nahee


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System’s failings

One of the fundamental reasons why some of us prefer to fight for greater democracy in this country is because it remains the only attainable system, which can both open up space


Umair Javed

The identity

Conservatives lack one, liberals never had one Over the last ten years, Pakistan has witnessed two parallel, and largely exclusive, strands of thinking on nationalism and socio-cultural identity. On one side, amidst


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Unfettered existence

Hello. My name is Sajjad. I’m just over 40, and I’ve been working in the NGO sector for the last 10 years. Every evening, I go back home, and I try not


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Patronage, present and past

So this last weekend, I found myself amidst fairly auspicious company at the Karachi Literature Festival. Contrary to what I’d initially feared, my experience was thoroughly enjoyable, and despite its relative insulation,


Umair Javed

On caste and the Pakistan army

In the banal and mind-numbing backdrop of op-ed pages across the country, Aakar Patel’s recent piece on the civil-military imbalance in Pakistan (Express Tribune: Of Punjab’s partition, castes & martial races) was


Umair Javed

The seen and the unseen

“I moved here a few weeks ago. Before that I was in Pakpattan, but I’ve spent some time in Multan and Khanewal as well. My mamoo taught me well; he works at


Umair Javed

21st century populism

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the process of pro-market reform has, more or less, continued unabated in large parts of the free, liberated, and would-be-liberated world. Pakistan itself has seen


Umair Javed

Paying tribute to an idea

On redefining citizenship Two days from the time this column goes to print, a small segment of Pakistani society will observe the first death anniversary of ex-Governor, and businessman, Salmaan Taseer. The


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On dynastic politics

Not as simple as it seems A reliance on family-based patronage systems and dynastic tendencies ensures that the nature of our democratic process comes into question from time to time. When people

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