|Pakistan: Failure in National Integration
ISBN 984 05 1267 6 1994 262p 215x136mm HB Tk.225.00 US$20.00
[ROAD TO BANGLADESH SERIES is designed to present published accounts of the background to the emergence of Bangladesh. Books in the series should be an invaluable collection for those interested in South Asian affairs, particularly students and scholars of politics, economic development and social transformation.]
This study was widely acclaimed as the first definitive analysis of the disintegration of Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh. It presents a scholarly explanation of why the policies of the Pakistani ruling elites, especially the policies and institutional innovations of the Ayub regime (1958-1968) which often seemed so promising to observers abroad, were in fact the prelude to the break up of Pakistan. The study shows that by emphasizing state building and economic growth and de-emphasizing nation building and development of political institutions, Ayub regime created a crisis in political management. The Pakistani ruling elites’ persistent refusal to allow democratic political institutions to function resulted in the exclusion of Bengalis from the national decision making process. The denial of their just claims led Bengalis to fight for initially autonomy and ultimately independence.
The book, first published in 1972 by Columbia. University Press, is being reprinted as part of UPL’s Road to Bangladesh series. It will be of use to the new generation of readers to refresh memories about the failed policies and politics of the Pakistani ruling elites and the vision of democratic and secular politics for which the nationalist struggle was waged in Bangladesh.
Rounaq Jahan, currently at Columbia University was a Professor of Political Science at Dhaka University (1970-1982). She received her Ph.D. from Harvard. She headed the women’s programmes at UNAPDC, Malaysia (1982-84) and the ILO, Geneva (1985-89). She was the founding president of Women for Women: Research and Study Group. She served on the Boards of the Population Council (1982-92) and the Asia Society (1982-90) and is at present on the Advisory Councils of Human Rights Watch Asia, The Feminist Press, Asian Survey and Asian Political Thought and Society. Her publications include Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (UPL 1980), Women and Development (BILIA, 1979) and The Elusive Agenda: Mainstreaming Women in Development, UPL/ZED Books.