Press Release by Harper Collins

For Immediate Release


Courting the Abyss


Tilak Devasher

Pakistan expert and commentator Tilak Devasher trains a clear and objective gaze on the deeper malaise that affects Pakistan, beyond the current crises and the sensationalist headlines.

He seeks answers to fundamental questions like why, for example, is Pakistan such a troubled and troublesome state? Why is its survival frequently called into question? Are its problems of recent origin or rooted in its very genesis?

Building on several years of study and work on the region, he examines the looming water crisis, the perilous state of education, the economic meltdown and the danger of an unrealized ‘demographic dividend’ that have been eating into the innards of Pakistan since its creation. He also dwells at length on the Pakistan movement, where the seeds of many current problems were sown – the opportunistic use of religion being the most lethal of these.

With data-driven precision, Devasher takes apart the flawed prescriptions and responses of successive governments, especially during military rule, to the many critical challenges the country has encountered over the years. These, as much as the particular trajectory of its creation and growth, he contends, have brought Pakistan to an abyss where it risks multi-organ failure – unless things change dramatically in the near future.

‘This book explains how and why Pakistan often finds itself on the brink. Devasher writes with empathy and his book is full of facts that cannot be ignored by Pakistanis or the rest of the world. Pakistan must change course drastically or its courting the abyss could lead to a greater tragedy than those it has already witnessed.’

– HUSAIN HAQQANI, former Pakistan ambassador to the US, author of Pakistan Between Mosque and Military and Magnificent Delusions

Paperback | International Affairs | 472 pp | Rs 599


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