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Partition of India

Posted by Taimur Rahman on July 3, 2006

Sometime ago comrades asked about the CMKP’s position on the partition of India but I was too busy to respond at that time. Now that I have a little more time on my hands I’d like to address that concern.

The position of the CMKP on the partitition of India is no different from the general critique of the left in Pakistan on the events of 1947. Although there are many details that still need to be worked out, in broad terms we understand that there has been an enormous falsfication of history in order to justify the nationalist agenda of the ruling class of Pakistan. It is our task to come to a clearer understanding of the class forces involved in this process and to fight against reactionary nationalism.

One thing that has been left out in the context of the excellent comments made on our list on this subject is the role of Islamic traditionalists and fundamentalists in the creation of Pakistan. If Pakistan truly was a “religious state” or a state made in the name of “Islam” why is it that one finds the main religious parties of the time, Jamiat e Ulema e Ahle Hind (JUAH) and the Jamaat e Islami (JI) in complete opposition to the notion that Pakistan should be created? This is a bit of a paradox, is it not?

It is only after the creation of Pakistan, largely by secularists or Islamic modernists, that the traditionalists and fundamentalists became the greatest defenders of the state in their attempts to convert the country into a theocratic state. I would like to point our readers to an eye opening article written by Hamza Alavi called “Pakistan Islam Ethnicity and Ideology”

Although, I think there is substantial errors in this article (both in depicting the position of the CPI as well as in the argument of the Salariat), it’s merit lies in the fact that it exposes the myth that Pakistan was created as a “religious” state.


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