India

United with a rope of sand

BOOK REVIEW

AJAI SAHNI, India Today

Published 03 March 2017

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/book-pakistan-courting-the-abyss-indian-intelligence-officer-tilak-devasher/1/894898.html

We live in an age of jingoistic ultranationalism, and a book on Pakistan by a former top Indian intelligence officer raises expectations of a high measure of rancour and stridency. Instead, Devasher approaches his subject with extraordinary calm, but is unblinking in his gaze on Pakistan’s endless courting of the abyss. (more…)

Pakistan: Courting The Abyss

BOOK EXTRACT

THE CITIZEN, Published  24 January 2017

 http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/NewsDetail/index/9/9760/Pakistan-Courting-The-Abyss

Excerpt from a chapter in the book ‘A Question of Identity and Ideology’

For Pakistan’s leaders, defining a Pakistani identity was a critical issue for two reasons. First, the geographical areas that came to constitute Pakistan had never before existed as a country.

Second, the identity had to be different and distinct from India since Pakistan had been carved out of India and as a new country with an unfamiliar name had to be acknowledged by the world as such. (more…)

The Parched Nation

Indian Express- 26 December 2016

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/pakistan-water-crisis-population-the-parched-nation-4444837/

 

Pakistan has been inching towards a water crisis for decades. In 1951, it was a water-abundant country with an annual per capita availability of around 5,260 cubic meters (m3). By 2013, this declined to as low as 964 m3 per annum. The country is expected to become “absolute water scarce” — less than 500 m3 per capita per annum — by 2035. (more…)