By B.G. Verghese
After a brisk evaluate of the occasions that experience come to outline post-Independence Pakistan—the conflict for Kashmir; the combination of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the construction of Bangladesh—Verghese, drawing from infrequent archival fabric, techniques topics that experience lengthy been contentious—the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s risky nuclear forays.
Even whereas examining Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial competition and army rule, Verghese bargains a gradual 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 include the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it as soon as knew. B.G. Verghese’s final e-book is a robust reminder that the center factor with Pakistan isn't Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent id, the absence of a good ideology, and the reluctance of the state to totally settle for its history.
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