A People’s History of Pakistan
History in Pakistan has always been written from the top. We have no clue about the history of the masses in Pakistan, how they have fared in the country and how they continue to lead the country in various ways. This research will include research papers, monographs, an oral history archive, documentaries, development of apps, and other similar activities. The aim will be to highlight the role of women, labour, peasants, migrants, overseas Pakistanis, religious minorities, among others, in the creation and development of Pakistan. It will lead to a more diverse, nuanced and integrated understanding of Pakistan, and will revolutionise our engagement with Pakistan’s past, present and future. As a first stage we will initiate a documentary series on the history of Pakistan in 2015-16. An exhibition on the 1960’s with a focus on the 1965 Pakistan—India War, on its 50th anniversary, is also being organised.