THE INTERMINGLING OF ETHNONATIONALIST AND LEFTIST POLITICS: THE RESISTANCE AGAINST THE ONE UNIT SCHEME IN SINDH
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Keywords

Ethno- nationalism
Failure
Leftist
Sindh
One-Unit
NAP

How to Cite

Ali, A. (2020). THE INTERMINGLING OF ETHNONATIONALIST AND LEFTIST POLITICS: THE RESISTANCE AGAINST THE ONE UNIT SCHEME IN SINDH. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 59(2), 1–11. Retrieved from https://www.jsshuok.com/oj/index.php/jssh/article/view/465

Abstract

This paper argues that ethnonational politics became the major obstruction for the class struggle of left-wing parties against the One-Unit scheme, from 1955 to 1958. The overwhelming emphasis on the One-Unit scheme pushed the left-wing parties away from the Marxist agenda. And because of this focus on ethno-national issue, the leftist parties failed to mobilize masses against the oppressive system. The left did not come up with the independent class struggle and remain attached with regional politics. Leftists’ alliance with the National Awami Party (NAP) was a political mistake because the NAP was relatively large political party with influential leaders. NAP overshadowed the leftist parties and used smaller parties for its own political goals. Eventually, the left became the instrument of NAP. This study explains ethnonational politics as one of the causes for the failure of leftist struggle in Sindh.

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