Manufacturing victimhood at University of Toronto

In the late 1960s in Pakistan, during the uprising against Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s military dictatorship, the Left that led us infused the concept of ‘internationalism’ and ‘universal human rights’.

The concept of ‘cultural appropriation’ or segregation based on colour was alien to my teenaged comrades.

The concept of tribal identity or communities based on skin colour was a ‘reactionary’ concept – a primitive idea that we thought had been given a death knell by the 1948 UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights.

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