A country in Denial by way of veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a subject matter of tremendous worldwide significance—Pakistan, and the place it's situated when it comes to India and the world.
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 production of Bangladesh—Verghese, drawing from infrequent archival fabric, methods topics that experience lengthy been contentious—the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s harmful nuclear forays.
Even whereas studying Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial contention and armed forces 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 embody the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it as soon as knew. B.G. Verghese’s final ebook is a robust reminder that the middle factor with Pakistan isn't really Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent identification, the absence of a favorable ideology, and the reluctance of the state to totally settle for its historical past.
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