Islamization

BOOK REVIEW- PAKISTAN COURTING THE ABYSS- TILAK DEVASHER

Indian Defence Review April-June 2017, Vol 32 (2)

Lt Gen JS Bajwa

The Book explains the journey of Pakistan that enthusiastically greeted Jinnah in Karachi on 7 August 1947 to where it has reached in the present – of it just ‘being’ a state on a map. This he presents in 18 chapters formatted under seven sections through 450 pages (which includes the Notes and Index). The seven sections are – The Foundation; The Building Blocks; The Framework; The Superstructure; The WEEP Analysis; Windows to the World; Inward Analysis. (more…)

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Pakistan@70: A troublesome start, 7 decades of hurtling towards the abyss…what next?

CATCH NEWS       14 August 2017

http://www.catchnews.com/international-news/pakistan-70-a-troublesome-start-7-decades-of-hurtling-towards-the-abyss-what-next-77331.html

As Pakistan turns seventy, I analyse three crucial markers –

  • Where it has come from
  • Where it is at and
  • Where it is headed

As a new country that came into existence on 14 August 1947, Pakistan did not start on a clean slate. It inherited the legacy of the Pakistan Movement. Three elements were crucial.

The first was the opportunistic use of religion by the Muslim League in the run-up to the 1945-46 elections that led to incremental doses of Islamisation, starting with the Objectives Resolution of 1949. (more…)

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…)