A State in Denial: Pakistan's Misguided and Dangerous by B. G. Verghese

By B. G. Verghese

A nation in Denial by means of veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a subject matter of tremendous international significance—Pakistan, and the place it truly is located with regards to India and the world.
After a brisk review 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, techniques topics that experience lengthy been contentious—the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s harmful nuclear forays.
Even whereas examining Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial competition and armed forces rule, Verghese deals a steady manner 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 include the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it as soon as knew. B.G. Verghese’s final ebook is a strong reminder that the middle factor with Pakistan isn't Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent identification, the absence of a good ideology, and the reluctance of the state to totally settle for its historical past.

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