Islamization

How Pakistan is courting the abyss

Book Review

Anil Bhat – THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Jun 23, 2017

http://www.asianage.com/books/230617/how-pakistan-is-courting-the-abyss.html

 

Beginning with his fascination and curiosity about Pakistan, as a youngster born seven years after its painful birth, the author, in his preface, appropriately quotes a couplet each of two famous poets — Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib. The English translation of these verses are: This tainted night, this night bitten dawn This is not the dawn we waited for, expressing Faiz’s anguish on Pakistan’s birth in Subh-e-Azadi (Dawn of Freedom) and You are sowing love through violence, smearing the face of the nation in blood; You think your journey is being completed, I am certain you are losing your destiny, conveying Jalib’s lament at Pak Army’s crackdown in East Pakistan. These poets reflected the regrets of many others, not only from the fraternity of artists. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW- Pakistan: Courting the Abyss,

 

DR. AMBREEN AGHA, Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs New Delhi

INDIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS JOURNAL- Association of India Diplomats

http://associationdiplomats.org/Publications/ifaj/Vol12/12.1/12.1-BOOK%20REVIEWS(P).pdf

The recent lynching and killing of a young Ahmadi University student, Mashal Khan (23), on 13 April 2017, in the Pakistani tribal Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over charges of blasphemy indicates the culture of “intolerance and violence [that is] not a new phenomenon; [and] dates back to the origins of Pakistan itself” (p. xvii). This is the subject of Tilak Devasher’s book, Pakistan: Courting the Abyss. While reading its first few pages, one is compelled to ask: what is it that has led to the silencing of all debate in Pakistan? Are ongoing military operations a solution to the “totality of the malaise” inflicting Pakistan? To find answers to these questions, Devasher’s book provides a comprehensive account of a country that ‘faces problems internally’ and how it “poses [threats] externally to the world” (p. xxi). (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…)

Paying the price; Excerpt from Tilak Devasher’s Pakistan, Courting the Abyss

BOOK EXTRACT

HINDUSTAN TIMES, Published 13 January 2017

http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/paying-the-price-excerpt-from-tilak-devasher-s-pakistan-courting-the-abyss/story-5vb4o57kRg734GYnlmtK3L.html

‘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…)

On the precipice

BOOK REVIEW

C UDAY BHASKAR, Financial Express

Published: February 19, 2017

http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/on-the-precipice/557244/

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…)

Pakistan courting the abyss

BOOK REVIEW

I. Ramamohan Rao, Published- Feb 11, 2017

ANI News

http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Mg/Mjk5MzE2/pakistan-courting-the-abyss.html

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…)