By David Lelyveld
The booklet explores the character of Muslim cultural id in 19th century India and the adjustments it underwent via colonial rule. It exhibits how one establishment, The Mohammadan Anglo Oriental collage, with its founders and early scholars mediated those adjustments in the course of the first 25 years of its life, and developed tools of adapting to the demanding situations of colonialism and nationalism.
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The imprint was not that of Jinnah's organisation (1937-48) or even thatofLiaqatAli Khan's (1948-51). It was that of Ghulam Mohammad - a party with a strong central figure and a weak, even undefined, organisation structure; in which party functionaries were appointed by the central authority and not elected by the membership; in which decisions were taken to satisfy not the majority of the membership, but the most powerful faction leaders; in which efforts were made to increase political influence not by expanding and cultivating grassroot support, but by bringing in new factions; and in which the pursuit or maintenance of office rather than of ideas and ideology was the main preoccupation of the leadership.
The moves were simple and easy to understand when they were made by a few groups and individuals; as more individuals and groups entered the arena, the moves became more subde and the game more intense. The main purpose of this study is to understand the nature of the play; the principal function of this chapter was to set the stage for this kind of analysis. 3 The Search for a New Constituency On 22 October 1958, responding to a call from General Mohammad Ayub Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto joined Pakistan's first military government as Minister in charge of the portfolios of fuel, power and natural resources.
The party weakened during the early 1960s, when Ayub Khan managed to bring some of these groups under his wing, but re-emerged later and was reconstituted as Tehrik-i-Istiqlal by Air-Marshal Asghar Khan. RISE AND FALL OF INSTITUTIONS Pakistan's early history, therefore, is marked by the birth, development and demise of a number of political and economic institutions. None of them took root, not because Pakistani society could function only in an institutional vacuum, but because its various components did not succeed in reaching a state of equilibrium.