CDPR Affiliate Umair Javed argues that elite anti-orange line activists criticizing the mass transit project's threat to cultural heritage are disconnected from the majority of the lower to middle income voting population - and that's a problem. While the interests of these elites are typically favored in government, it is rather a different set of pro-orange line elites who have more voter support and public policy influence. Javed explains why this trend in Lahore's politics is a threat to democratic, broad-based civil engagement. For the future, elites will need to advocate for the interests of the poor if they want to preserve what they value, such as cultural heritage.
Read the article in Dawn here.