Footprints of Colonization Left in Pakistan: An Analysis

Story Highlights
  • What is a colonial mindset?
  • The overall consequence of colonization
  • Imports
  • Politics
  • Feudalism

Pakistan formally declared independence from the British Empire on August 14, 1947. Even though the British left the subcontinent in the 20th century, their legacy lives on in the form of their effect on the indigenous populace. The mentality of colonialism has seeped into many aspects of the subcontinent’s life, including its economics, culture, and politics.

What is a colonial mindset?

The term “colonial mindset” refers to the deeply ingrained conviction that one’s race or culture is inferior compared to the colonizer. The attitude of colonialism is evident in a society where that culture places a higher value on imported expertise, information, and things than it does on its own. Pakistan is an excellent illustration of the colonial mentality that developed as a direct consequence of imperialism since it was a British colony in the past. When the colonizers of Pakistan left, they took their dependence on Pakistan’s natural resources with them. This colonial legacy was left behind.

The overall consequence of colonization

Due to the sheer mentality of colonialism, Pakistan continues to depend on the individuals who colonized the country. The British imperialist tactic of “divide and rule” affected the nation’s political climate and had a bearing on its current state. And as a further holdover from colonialism, feudalism is thriving increasingly with each passing day.

The administrative system has been corroded due to red tape and other types of bureaucracy. A worldview rooted in colonialism is another factor that slows the development of society. In Pakistan, an increasing number of individuals have opted to use English rather than Urdu, the country’s official language, since the beginning of time. Purchasing goods overseas and finding jobs in other countries add to the dilemma of excessive imports and low GDP.


There has been a movement in consumer preference in Pakistan toward foreign brands, which may be responsible for the surge in imports. As a result of the growing imports, several foreign firms with a global presence established themselves in Pakistan. There are 40,000 foreign firms in Pakistan, many of which have significant market shares in their respective industries. They have been able to effectively stave off competition from firms located nearby.


In Pakistani politics, the tactic of “split and conquer” is the only thing that counts. Religion has emerged as a divisive issue in the surrounding area. There are over 182 distinct political parties operating in Pakistan. The electorate is fractured along ideological lines as a result of the fact that each political party adheres to its ideology. The interaction of religion and politics has made existing disagreements in worldviews among the general population even more apparent.


In Pakistan, the British left behind a feudal system that rewarded the country’s nobility for their military service with unique privileges. This system was left over from when Pakistan was under British colonial rule. In reply, the nobility would violate the peasants’ rights, which is happening in Pakistan. The feudal rulers were just as oppressive and tyrannical as the colonists they were meant to displace. In Pakistan, human rights, ethnic rights, individual rights, and legal rights have all been violated in the name of feudalism at various historical points. The government and the jury are comprised of the feudal lords’ respective constituencies.

We need to shed the negative mindset of the past to create a better future because those who are set in their ways are doomed to repeat history.

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