History / 28.08.2016

By Ahmed Kamran Introduction The communist movement in Pakistan is all but dead. Today, there are few to mourn its death and its unceremonious exit from the national politics. It seems a forgotten chapter, completely erased from the collective memory of the youth. A handful of those who still cling to the ideal of a communists-led revolution to bring about a ‘proletarian dictatorship’ have absolutely no role in, and more sadly, no clue of, the dynamics of country’s politics. And all this is after a long and checkered history of a fairly old and vibrant communist movement, firstly in undivided India and later in post-independence Pakistan. For roughly about sixty odd years, from 1920’s till the end of 1980’s, countless political activists, many remaining nameless, worked selflessly in their own ways for the ideal of building a society free from exploitation, misery and want. For a long time,...

History / 24.08.2016

By Ahmed Kamran Subtitle: What Went Wrong with Pakistan's Communists? [With this post we begin serializing a book under preparation by Ahmed Kamran on the history of the Left movement in Pakistan. This post includes the Table of Contents and the Prologue.]   Contents Prologue Introduction Part – I Chapter 1: Roots of Revolution Chapter 2: Communist Party of India – Its Genesis (1920 – 1932) Chapter 3: Rise and Fall of Indian Communism (1933 – 1951) Chapter 4: Road to Pakistan Part – II Chapter 5: A Himalayan Blunder Chapter 6: The Great Divide Chapter 7: A Last Minute Freeze Chapter 8: The Great Slide into Oblivion Part – III Chapter 9: Has Marxism any Future in Pakistan? Chapter 10: Conclusions   Prologue How many of today’s youth in Pakistan know that there had been a communist party in the country? Sadly, very few. Only those who had been, or still are, in some way connected with a fast receding generation of radical political activists of...