Pakistan Historical Society. Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 4, 2013

Addendum
Generally change of ofFicial language in the conquered territories is the requirement of any foreign administration. Abolition of Persian as the ofFicial language in the Sub-Continent was a gradual process. It was not and could not be implemented by...
A Federal Council
In Pakistan and in India the trend towards increase of power by the federation has been reversed. It is now unmistakably towards greater power for the federating provinces or states.This is a result of political changes rather than constitutional amendment...
A Flag and a Battle Plan
'Tere mathey pe ye aanchal bahot hi khoob hai Ickin/Tu is aanchal se ik parcham baña leti to achcha tha/(Your headscarf looks lovely, my dear, but yield!Why not make a flag from it for the battlefield?)'The poem by Majaaz Lucknavi belongs to the 1930s...
British Children Must Be Taught Imperial History
London: On April 13, 1919, a large group of Punjabis protesting against British rule gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.They were incensed at the arrest of two of their leaders, and for 24 hours the city had been consumed by riots. At five...
British First Adventurism in Afghanistan: (1838-1842) - an Unjustified Aggression, a Fiasco, a Disaster, an Episode of Blunders and Errors
IntroductionFor the British, Afghanistan during the nineteenth century was like a cordon sanitaire, a bulwark and a First line of defence against the foreign encroachments (mainly by Tsarist Russia) towards the NorthWest Frontier of the British India....
Calcutta University and the Bengal Muslims
Since 1813 the policy of the East India Company's administration was to support the spread of the western education among the Indians. In this connection an important step was taken with the Wood's dispatch in 1854 which included the proposal for the...
Editorial
The Pakistan Historical Society, since its foundation in 1950, has tried to promote objective study and research in historical disciplines primarily focusing on South Asia but inclusive of other aspects of history as well. It tried to achieve these aims...
Indo-Persian Scholarship and the Formation of Orientalism
IntroductionThe above cited quotation from Masïr-i Tälibi fi biläd-i Afranjï, "Travels of [Abu] Tälib in the countries of Europe," of Mirzä Abu Tälib ibn Muhammad Isfahänl ((1752-1806), a contemporary observer, literary critic, and a historian, who also...
Pinning Jinnah
In my last week's column I discussed how a revisionist narrative by the rightists (in the late 1960s) tried to replace the fact that Pakistan was conceived as a nation state with a concocted idea suggesting that it was actually envisioned as a theocratic...
Tadhkirat Al-Umara'
Vol. Ill(HINDU NOBLES)Chapter IEnglish Translation from PersianTranslated, Annotated and Edited byDR. ANSAR ZAHID KHANHarf-i Läm - /Rä'i Lon KaranA Sakhäwat (Shaykhävvat) zammdär of Sämbhar:In the early period of Akbar's reign he was honoured by a dohazäri...
The Quaid and History
Before World War II the subcontinent was an occupied colony, like many others in Asia and Africa.After years of political struggle waged by men like Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, the British occupiers, weakened and devastated by...
Transfer of Power and Jinnah
The Indian Independence Act 1947 was promulgated and made effective from Aug 15, 1947 as a result of which two independent dominions of India and Pakistan were established.The Act provided that each of the dominions would have a Governor General appointed...
Zahir Al-Din Muhammad Babar: The Academic
Zahir al-Din Muhammad Babar (also Babur) is a charismatic personality. He passed most of his life on the horse back or in a tent all his life. In addition to his military adventures he contributed to literary and academic pursuits also. We can truly...
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