Kamran Asdar Ali. Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism 1947- 1972. London, U.K.: I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd./Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. 2015. 304 pages. £ 59.00.

Sundus Saleemi


The book is divided into two parts consisting of eight
chapters, including the introductory and concluding chapters, and an
epilogue. It is a 304 page book including notes and references, which
are not only interesting but are very helpful for any reader interested
in the topic. The introductory chapter sets the stage for the reader,
introducing her to the diversity of nations living in the geographical
boundaries of Pakistan and points to the failure of their integration in
the state project. The author also touches upon the ethnic and
nationalistic struggles played out in Pakistan throughout history and
their relationship with the politics of the left. Furthermore, he
reiterates that mainstream discourse on Pakistan’s history presents the
struggle for separate nation in unified India as a struggle of a
monolith Muslim nation in the sub-continent largely ignoring the ethnic,
cultural and linguistic diversity of these Muslims, thereby undermining
their aspirations for freedom, self-determination and autonomy. The
Bengali and the Baloch freedom movements have been cited as examples of
what he calls the “collective amnesia” of the nation and notes that
resistance, or left-leaning, movements have also been largely ignored in
mainstream discourses on the history of Pakistan.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v55i2pp.151-154


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