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The Great Divide - India and Pakistan
The Great Divide - India and Pakistan

The Great Divide - India and Pakistan

by Ira Pande

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Language

English

Publisher

HarperCollins

ISBN

9788172238360 - Year: 2009 - Pages: 380

Binding

Hardcover

Ira Pande

Author: Ira Pande
Several Contributors/
Publisher: HarperCollins
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 380
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788172238360

Description

At a time when India and Pakistan are both reeling under terror attacks and hysterical talk of an impending war, it is important to take stock of where we have reached, individually and as part of the Indian subcontinent; sixty years after the two nations were carved out as two distinct entities.

This volume of essays by writers from both sides of the border attempts to do just that. As the editor, Ira Pande, says in her introduction, 'There is a balance here between the 'hard' topics (politics, economy, diplomacy, religion et al) and 'soft' (music, crafts, language, cricket, and cinema) to bring out the full range of our engagement with each other.'

The historical swamp that is Urdu, the strategic wilderness of the Rann of Kutch, the complex manoeuvrings of nuclear politics, the emotional rollercoaster of encounters experienced and relived, the difficulty of reconciling the idea of Pakistan with the importance accorded to pluralism within India-every single essay in this collection examines an aspect of the India-Pakistan experience with a clear and unflinching gaze.

Lived experience, shared concerns, food and travel, nostalgia and analysis, and an extraordinary selection of previously unpublished photographs from the ‘40s and 50s’ make this an unusual compilation on the subject of two nations forever in love and hate with each other.

CONTRIBUTORS

Ashutosh Varshney
Arvind Sharma
Swapan Dasgupta
U.C. Dubey
Philip Oldenburg
Ashok Malik
B.G. Verghese
Meghnad Desai
Prem Shankar Jha
Salman Haidar
C. Raja Mohan
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy
Ajai Sahni
Mukul Kesavan
Ajoy Bose
Beena Baruah
Sonia Jabbar
Salima Hashmi
Yousuf Saeed
Laila Tyabji
Shiv Visvanathan
Alok Rai
Ira Pande
Kai Friese
Anonymous
Rehan Ansari
Madhu Purnima Kishwar
Urvashi Butalia
Sabeena Gadihoke
Nadeem Aslam
Sunil Sethi
Daniyal Mueenuddin
Kulwant Roy

Contents

KARAN SINGH
Preface

IRA PANDE
Introduction

1: THE DIVISION OF SPOILS

ASHUTOSH VARSHNEY
The Idea of Pakistan

ARVIND SHARMA
Founding Myths

SWAPAN DASGUPTA
A Tale of Two Democracies

MAJ. GENERAL U.C. DUBEY
Photo Essay: The Razmak Album

PHILIP OLDENBURG
Different Faiths, Divided States

ASHOK MALIK
Envy – and We

2: GROWING PAINS

B.G. VERGHESE
From Tragedy to Triumph

MEGHNAD DESAI
Twin Troubles

PREM SHANKAR JHA
Double Deadlock

SALMAN HAIDAR
Diplomatic Baggage

C. RAJA MOHAN
The Great Nuke Game

3: DARKENING SKIES

PERVEZ AMIRALI HOODBHOY
Towards Theocracy?

AJAI SAHNI
Encounters in a Nightmare

MUKUL KESAVAN
Bad Manners

AJOY BOSE
Portrait of a Nation

BEENA SARWAR
Media Matters

AMIT BARUAH
The Fourth Party

SONIA JABBAR
The Terrorist’s Story

4: CHAINS AND LINKS

SALIMA HASHMI
Photo Essay: Art on Edge

YOUSUF SAEED
Fled is that Music

LAILA TYABJI
Tandoori Chikan, Polyester Khadi

SHIV VISVANATHAN
Celebrating Manto

ALOK RAI
Longing for Urdu

IRA PANDE
Khanasutra

5: PERSONAL HISTORIES

KAI FRIESE
Mirrorland

ANONYMOUS
Shadow Speak

REHAN ANSARI
An Ordinary Nobody

MADHU PURNIMA KISHWAR
Messy Legacy

URVASHI BUTALIA
Unfinished Histories

SABEENA GADIHOKE
History in the Making

INTERVIEW

SUNIL SETHI
A Conversation with Nadeem Aslam

DANIYAL MUEENUDDIN
Nawabdin Electrician

CONTRIBUTORS

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