Pakistan as an Alternative to the Idea of an Impossible India

Pakistan as an Alternative to the Idea of an Impossible India

Atiya Singh (University of Chicago)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
12-2 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre, Room 604

According to popular perceptions, Pakistan came into being as a result of a specific vision of the Muslim League shaped in the political milieu of the 1940s. Yet this perspective ignores the role played by the Communist-Left in India not only in articulating the idea of Pakistan, but also providing organizational support to the League essential in fulfilling the dream of Pakistan. This talk re-evaluates the history of the creation of Pakistan from the standpoint of international Marxism and the ideological shifts that had occurred within it. These shifts had a profound effect on the political practice of the Communist-Left in India resulting in the division of the sub-continent.

Atiya Singh completed her PhD dissertation, “The Vicissitudes of Democracy: The Failure of the Left in Pakistan, 1940-1971,” at the University of Chicago. Currently, as an associate member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, she is completing a monograph on the fifty years of South Asia at the University of Chicago. 

Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies and the Centre for India and South Asia Research/The Institute for Asian Research.