By B. G. Verghese
A nation in Denial by means of veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a topic of titanic international significance—Pakistan, and the place it really is located when it comes to India and the world.
After a brisk assessment of the occasions that experience come to outline post-Independence Pakistan—the conflict for Kashmir; the mixing of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the construction 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 risky nuclear forays.
Even whereas interpreting Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial competition and armed forces rule, Verghese bargains a steady means out of the nation’s self-made dilemmas—by encouraging Pakistan to turn 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 publication is a robust reminder that the center factor with Pakistan isn't really Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent id, the absence of a good ideology, and the reluctance of the country to totally settle for its heritage.
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