The Punjab under Imperialism 1885 -1947
This comprehensive survey of British rule in the Punjab demonstrates that colonial policy-making led to many of the socio-economic and political problems currently plaguing Pakistan and Indian Punjab. Subordinating development goals to its political and military imperatives, the colonial state co-operated with the dominant social classes, the members of which became the major beneficiaries of agricultural colonization. Even while the rulers tried to use the vast resources of the Punjab to advance imperial purposes, they were themselves being used by their collaborators to advance implacable private interests. Such processes effectively retarded both nationalism and social change and resulted in the continued backwardness of the region even after the departure of the British.
Professor Imran Ali has obtained his Honours degree from the University of Sussex, and Doctorate from the Australian National University. He has been Dean of Research, Head of the Social Sciences Department, and Jamil Nishtar Professor of Agribusiness at LUMS, Lahore; and Rector and Dean at KSBL, Karachi. He has taught Economic History at the Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne in Australia, and has held visiting and research positions in universities in Australia, UK and USA. He has been a consultant to several international agencies and member of several boards and committees. His research interests are in political economy, business strategy, agribusiness, and the history of agrarian and business development in Pakistan.