REPRESENTATIVE POLITICS, MUNICIPALITIES AND LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT IN COLONIAL PUNJAB
This article, discusses the introduction of representative politics in the Punjab with special reference to Lahore municipality. In Punjab, the representative politics was introduced very late. This was because Punjab had strategic, political and economic importance for the Raj and the British tried to run the affairs of the province in a paternalistic way. Theoretically, they introduced representative politics in the province in 1862 but practically they relied on representation through nomination. In real sense the representative politics was introduced as late as in 1920s. To begin with the representative politics through nomination created problems like class domination in the municipalities while later on when the representative politics through election was introduced it exacerbated communal tensions in the urban centres.
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