United with a rope of sand

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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…)

CPEC: A game changer or debt enhancer for Pakistan?

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SOUTH ASIA MONITOR Published 03 February 2017

http://southasiamonitor.org/news/cpec-a-game-changer-or-debt-enhancer-for-pakistan-/sl/21918

Book extract from the chapter on Pak-China Relations

There are several issues with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. For one, transparency and accountability have been sacrificed because details of the projects have not been shared, there is no public bidding or even announcement. Clearly, the intention is that the major proportion of these loans will be channelled back to China to (more…)

Pakistan: Courting The Abyss

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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

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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…)

Pakistan pushing itself towards the abyss with its Afghanistan obsession

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DAILY-O Published 19 January 2017

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/pakistan-courting-the-abyss-afghanistan-taliban-india-durand-line-south-asia-pakthuns/story/1/15182.html

A broad sweep of the history of Pak-Afghan relations since 1947 reveals that at its core, Pakistan’s policy is dictated by its insecurity vis-à-vis the Durand Line. Right from 1947, Pakistan was faced with a western border that was disputed by its neighbour just as, in its perceptions, India in the east too was seeking to undo Partition. (more…)

Explaining the art of manipulation

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Suhasini Haider, The Hindu

Published 27 February 2017 

http://www.thehindu.com/books/explaining-the-art-of-manipulation/article17372146.ece

There are two distinct narratives on Pakistan. The first is of a country “on the brink” of disaster; the second is of a country tightly controlled by its military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The truth is, Pakistan is both. What makes it unique is that the latter narrative often uses the former. It is this particular art of manipulation that a number of (more…)