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Abstract: This thesis studies the 1960s and 1970s in Pakistan. It is argued here that this period saw a concerted effort across the political spectrum to bring the nation into closer proximity with the state. There was a dominant move in the late 1960s and early 1970s towards decolonizing state with the purpose of transforming neocolonial state institutions in order to make them representative, ... read moreegalitarian and democratic. Students, intellectuals, peasants, industrial labor and leftists participated in a series of disturbances and rebellion that reached a climax in Ayub Khan's removal from power and the rise of the PPP to power in West Pakistan. Popular decolonization narratives are discussed here through an intellectual portrait of Bhutto, a discussion of Habib Jalib's poetry and an exploration of newspaper articles, magazines, plays and an Urdu film from the time period.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of History.
Advisor: Ayesha Jalal.
Committee: Kris Manjapra.
Keyword: History.read less