The Alienated Punjab
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Pakistan, June 30 -- 'Workers', the Communist Manifesto - the biblical document of the world proletariat - says, 'have nothing to lose but their chains'. However, it does not tell about those who have nothing to lose but do not move to feel their chains or have resigned to them.
The Indian partition gave birth to a traumatic and divided Punjab previously led and controlled by the feudal lobby of the Unionist party, a bunch of hardcore secularists. Even when the class interests forced the charismatic Sikandar Hayat, the then premier of Punjab, to join ranks with Jinnah, he jealously guarded his secular identity and the identity of his party. The Unionist party supported the League in the center but maintained its polity in Punjab.
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