By tariq Ali
Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. he's a member of the editorial committee of the recent Left evaluation and Sin Permiso, and often contributes to The mother or father, CounterPunch, and the London evaluate of Books.
He is the writer of a number of books, together with Can Pakistan live on? The loss of life of a country (1983) , Pirates Of The Caribbean: Axis Of desire (2006), Conversations with Edward stated (2005), Bush in Babylon (2003), and conflict of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (2002), A Banker for All Seasons (2007) and the lately released The Duel (2008)
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It was only after the conclusion of the war that the C P I altered its position, this time on the urging of R. Palme Dutt, a leader of the British Communist Party. Dutt argued in 1 946 that Pakistan was based on religion and not nationality. The C P I obligingly changed' its position and denounced Pakistan as a plot between British imperialism and 'Muslim bourgeois feudal vested interests'. Many Muslim communists,. however, were slow to catch up with the change in line and found themselves in 1947 still members of the Muslim League, which they had been instructed to enter in order to help the 'progressive' elements against the landlords.
Mr Jinnah said that he 'personally hoped that its major industrial and public services would be socialized'. ' The support for Muslim separatism was strongest in the U P, where Muslims were a minority and where competition for jobs between the Hindu and Muslim middle classes was most severe. In those areas where Muslims constituted a majority, the traditional governing elites we:e, till the very 34 · Origins last, either openly hostile or luke"warm. to. the idea of Pakistan . 1 9 It is this dichotomy that explains Jinnah's reluctance to accept Nehru's call for a Constituent Assembly elected on the basis of universal ·adult franchise, even with the guarantee of separate electorates for Muslims.
The comparable figures for industry were 6 per cent for output and 10 per cent for employment. Service sectors made up the remainper. Large-scale production was non-existent: 41 per cent of all industrial enterprises were devoted to the processing of agricultural raw material and were in seasonal operation. Pakistan had inherited a total of 1 ,414 factories. Of these, only 3 1 4 were situated in East Pakistan. The little that did exist was controlled by the leading captains of Indian industry (the houses of Messrs Tata, Birla and Dalmia) and by British capital.