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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…)

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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…)

ON THE BOOKSHELF

THE FRIDAY TIMES

13 JANUARY 2017

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/on-the-bookshelf-87/

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