THE CITIZEN, Published 24 January 2017
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…)
HINDUSTAN TIMES, Published 13 January 2017
‘You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbor. Eventually, those snakes are going to turn on whoever has them in the backyard.’ — Hillary Clinton
While Islamization had a certain salience in a country created on the basis of religion, the growth of jihadi terrorism and violence prevalent in Pakistan today is the result of deliberate state policy. Even before its creation, and more so afterwards, Pakistan has used jihadis of various hues as instruments of state policy without examining their long-term effects on Pakistani society. Not surprisingly, Pakistan is seen the world over as the (more…)
Rajya Sabha TV, Security Scan
24 February 2014
C UDAY BHASKAR, Financial Express
Published: February 19, 2017
India remains the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner. Tilak Devasher is the exception to this norm, and his 392-page book is valuable addition to the literature on the subject. (more…)
I. Ramamohan Rao, Published- Feb 11, 2017
New Delhi [India], Feb.11 (ANI): Since when has Pakistan been trying to court the abyss? Is it from recent times or right from the time it became independent?
To start with, Pakistan was created due to the insecurity that prevailed among Muslims in the then un-partitioned Indian subcontinent prior to 1947. What the country’s founding father, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, promised during his Independence Day speech was that (more…)