By B. G. Verghese
A kingdom in Denial via veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a topic of sizeable international significance—Pakistan, and the place it really is situated relating 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 mixing 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 reading Pakistan’s present-day plunge into inner dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial contention and armed forces rule, Verghese deals a steady manner 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 publication is a robust reminder that the middle factor with Pakistan isn't really Kashmir—rather, it's the loss of a transparent id, the absence of a favorable ideology, and the reluctance of the state to completely settle for its heritage.
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This argument is associated with R. Jeffrey, What’s Happening to India? (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986), see chs. 1 and 8. 21. , 200–5. 22. K. A. Lewis, (eds), Subnational Movements in South Asia (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996). 23. This view is systematically developed in R. Kothari, State against Democracy (New Delhi: South Asia, 1987). See also J. L. Seth and A. Nandy (eds), The Multiverse of Democracy: Essays in Honour of Rajni Kothari (Sage: New Delhi, 1996), 231–41. 24. See Jeffrey, op.
The increasing pervasiveness of ethnic conﬂicts in South Asia has generated a growing body of publications that are of interest to regional and comparative specialists alike. In the last issue of the International Journal of Punjab Studies,1 Professor Mitra provided an extended discussion of the subject with particular reference to Punjab. 3 It is suggested that the application of RCT to ethnic conﬂicts in South Asia suffers from serious weaknesses – weaknesses which can be better overcome by adopting the theoretically ‘messy centre approach’.
Douglass, op. , 192. 4. R. Brass, ‘Elite Groups, Symbol Manipulation and Ethnic Identity among the Muslims of South Asia’, in Taylor and Yapp, op. , 62–8, passim. 5. I. H. Rudolph, In Pursuit of Lakshmi (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1987). 6. Brass (1974), op. , 11. 7. Phadnis, op. , 45. 8. Brass, op. cit. (1974), 12. 9. For a recent restatement of this position, see J. Manor, ‘“Ethnicity” and Politics in India’, International Affairs, 72:3 (1996), 459–75. 10. See Brass, op. cit. (1974), chs.
A State in Denial: Pakistan's Misguided and Dangerous Crusade by B. G. Verghese