The Class Structure of Pakistan by Dr Taimur Rahman launched at Oxford University Press (OUP)

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Oxford university press was established in Pakistan in 1952. Now this year a celebration was arranged to mark the 60 years of Oxford University Press’s publishing in Pakistan.

As a part of this celebration a book titled The Class Structure of Pakistan by Dr Taimur Rahman was launched at the Oxford University Press (OUP) head office.

Oxford mobile library and Oxford University Press Pakistan Museum and Archives were also inaugurated on the occasion of celebration.
At the opening ceremony of the event Hamid Hyder, (an employee of OUP from 39 years) was invited to cut the ribbon to inaugurate the mobile library.

While reaching Auditorium, Managing Director OUP Ameena Saiyid gave an introduction to the mobile library and the OUP Museum and Archives.

She told the guests that teachers-pupil ratio in Pakistan is very poor as only 40 million out of the 60 million children go to school. She also said that library was set up to develop reading habits in children.
The museum was set up to preserve the history and heritage and to show the achievements and contests over the six decades of publishing. The museum was inaugurated by another employee of Oxford University Press (OUP) Sandra Rodrigues.

Then the launching ceremony of the book (The Class Structure of Pakistan) started.  Ameena Saiyid gave an overview of Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan’s academic publishing programme.

The Class Structure of Pakistan was launched by senior journalist Ghazi Salahuddin.

At the last segment of the event, Mr Salahuddin made a conversation with the author of the book (The Class Structure of Pakistan), Dr Taimur Rahman. Dr Rahman said the progress of any society required certain social changes and ours had reached a point where change was important as the country was facing a severe crisis.

When Mr Salahuddin asked about the Marxist framework of the book, the author replied that the book was a study of the economic structure of Pakistan, not a social or cultural one, written within Marxist framework. He argued there was a huge gap in literature on the issue.
via Dawn
Dr Taimur Rahman’s work on The Class Structure of Pakistan is based on the framework of historical materialism. It is an important work, since in recent times class analyses have been largely neglected in works on South Asia, particularly on Pakistan. This study is sketching the history of the region that is now Pakistan.

This study analyses the class structure from the time of the Mughal Empire, through the alterations of the colonial era and the transition to capitalism, to the class structure of modern-day Pakistan.

The author reveals, the colonial path of capitalist development of South Asia resulted in a combination of Asiatic and capitalist modes of production, which this study terms Asiatic capitalism.

Empirical analysis of agricultural relations in Pakistan reveals the relative absence of wage labour.

The author argued, in Europe there was a different kind of feudalism where there would be a lord looking after property.  In India the zamindar, the middleman, would participate in production and transfer certain percentage of the produce to the jagirdar as it was not necessary the jagirdar would be owner of the land.
The author has focused; the vast majority of the non-agricultural working population of Pakistan today is engaged in handicraft and manufacture.
However, manufacturing and services are dominated by minor service production and small-scale capitalism. Hence, while being significant in terms of output, there is relatively small provision of employment.

About the Author Dr. Taimur Rahman

The author of the book (The Class Structure of Pakistan), Dr. Taimur Rahman teaches Political Science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He got his Masters degree from Sussex University.

Dr. Taimur Rahman completed his Doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

He has been involved in grass roots labour and Marxist politics in Pakistan for the last 15 years. He is also the singer and guitarist for the pop band Laal.

At the end of the ceremony at OUP, he performrd Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Hum jo tareek raahon mein’ and two Iqbal’s ‘Utho meri dunia ke ghareebon ko’, at the request of the guests.

Link of the book The Class Structure of Pakistan is below.