By B. G. Verghese
A kingdom in Denial via veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores an issue of substantial worldwide significance—Pakistan, and the place it really is located in terms of India and the world.
After a brisk review of the occasions that experience come to outline post-Independence Pakistan—the conflict for Kashmir; the mixing of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the production of Bangladesh—Verghese, drawing from infrequent archival fabric, ways topics that experience lengthy been contentious—the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s harmful nuclear forays.
Even whereas reading Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial competition and armed forces rule, Verghese bargains a steady method out of the nation’s self-made dilemmas—by encouraging Pakistan to develop into greater than the Indian ‘other’, and urging it to maneuver clear of fundamentalism and embody the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it as soon as knew. B.G. Verghese’s final booklet is a robust reminder that the center factor with Pakistan isn't really Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent identification, the absence of a good ideology, and the reluctance of the country to completely settle for its background.
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