Majed Akhter

بچے ۔۔۔ ہمارے معاشرے کا ایک مظلوم طبقہ

Oct 2016

پاکستان دنیا میں بچوں کے حقوق کے حوالے سے موجود بین الاقوامی معاہدوں کا دستخطی ہے مگر جب ان پر عمل درآمد کی بات آتی ہے تو پاکستان کا نام سب سے آخر میں آتا ہے

Infrastructures of Colonialism and Resistance

Aug 2015

اردو | The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a colonial, not a national, project. Instead, we must support and build infrastructures of resistance that puts people before development. Issue 9

TQ Salon | Electrifying Development

Sep 2014

We must place the era of Pakistani state developmentalism in the geopolitical and ideological context of the early Cold War and the decolonization of Asia and Africa.

Floods are not (just) natural

Dec 2012

English | اردو Flooding is as social as it is natural. We must deal with it holistically. On the surface, it seems that floods occur when nature acts outside the norm. The best response often seems to be an attempt to return to a pre-shock “normality” as quickly as possible. This is also the interpretation of floods taken by the Pakistani state. The focus of the latest flood planning document released by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the 2012 National Monsoon Contingency Plan, is on repairing flood control infrastructure and maintaining stocks of emergency relief supplies. The international donor community holds a similar response to floods: the goal is to funnel money to the right people at the right time to enable a speedy return to normalcy. This approach seems reasonable. It is, however, based on the untenable assumption that nature acts on society from the outside, as an independent force disconnected from what is happening on the ground. But nature is not something you can consider as separate from society. Take the interaction between canal operation and the Indus River’s silt. Silt is made up of particles of dirt and clay that the Indus chips off the Himalayas. An estimated […]