Essays

In the Belly of the River: Flooding the Landless

Nov 2014

As Punjab deals with the aftermath of yet another devastating flood, it is the poor and landless who have once again been disproportionately affected. This is not an accident.
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The Allure of Al-Huda: Reconciling Liberalism and Literalist Islam

Sep 2014

اردو | Liberalism lies at the heart of the practices of Islamic piety by the Al-Huda organization. That affects how certain Islamic practices are understood — and denounced.
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Neoliberalism against Privatization

Sep 2014

اردو | The Supreme Court’s decision to void the privatization of the Pakistan Steel Mills retained an unsaid pact with capitalist interests even as it seemed to subvert them.
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How the State Sanctions Bonded Labor

Sep 2014

اردو | Slavery is intrinsic to modern-day capitalism.
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Sit-ins with the Dead

Sep 2014

اردو | The Hazara sit-ins began as protests with broad potential, only to become ritualized under the undemocratic organization of the Quetta Yakjehti Council and Shia leadership.
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Protests in Search of a Movement

Sep 2014

اردو | There is no rights-for-shelter or housing movement in urban Pakistan like Brazil or India because conditions force katchi abadi dwellers often to work with land developers rather than against them.
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“We should be resettled there”: On the Limits of Humanitarianism

Sep 2014

اردو | Humanitarianism without politics has helped maintain the conditions of risk that expose people to harm in the first place.
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