Genealogy of the Post-Colonial State in India and Pakistan

Genealogy of the Post-Colonial State in India and PakistanJoin The Second Floor (T2F)  for the launch of Tariq Amin-Khan’s book and a discussion on the post-colonial development of India and Pakistan.

State formation in post-colonial societies differed greatly from the formation of the Western capitalist state. The latter has been extensively studied, while a coherent grasp of the post-colonial state has remained elusive. The analysis of the post-colonial state that Hamza Alavi started has been deepened by Tariq Amin-Khan in his new book.

Amin-Khan provides a critical historical and contemporary understanding of post-colonial state formations in Asia and Africa with a focus on the states of India and Pakistan. These two states have similar colonial legacies with distinctive imperialist influences or impositions.

However, the political and economic development since decolonization in India and Pakistan has differed dramatically: the former is considered as the ‘world’s largest democracy’ and a thriving capitalist state, whereas the latter is largely seen as a client praetorian state.

The book analyzes how these divergent development trajectories have emerged and produced hope in one case, and despair in the other that is exacerbated by the powerful military and civil bureaucracy, and self-serving feudal oligarchs. As the nature of Indian and Pakistani states is analyzed and identified, their differing character can be also generalized as the two prevalent state forms of post-colonial societies: the capitalist and the proto-capitalist post-colonial states.

About the Author

Tariq Amin-Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Toronto. His research focuses on the post-colonial state, the security state, globalization and international development, political and militant Islam, and on the spread of nationalism and ethnicity in the global South.

Date: Thursday, 1st November, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F),10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi-75500.

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