THE LEFTIST MOVEMENT IN WEST PUNJAB 1947-58
A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS
This article seeks to analyze various aspects of the Leftist movement in the post-partition West Punjab during 1947-58. It focuses on its three distinct phases, such as: (I) the condition of the left in West Punjab on the eve of partition up till the establishment of the CPP; (ii) the role of the leftist movement between the establishment of CPP in February 1948 up to its implication in the Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case in March 1951; (iii) the course of the movement during March 1951 to July 1954, in the midst of state’s crackdown against the left; and (iv) the developments from July 1954 onwards, that is, the description of what happened after the CPP and its front organizations were banned up till the establishment of the Pakistan National Party (PNP) and the National Awami Party (NAP).
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