- Publisher : Rupa Publications India; First edition (28 January 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8129135981
- ISBN-13 : 978-8129135988
- Item Weight : 413 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.42 x 21.59 cm
A State in Denial by veteran journalist B.G. Verghese explores a subject of immense global significance - Pakistan, and where it is positioned in relation to India and the world. After a brisk overview of the events that have come to define post-Independence Pakistan - the battle for Kashmir; the integration of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the creation of Bangladesh - Verghese, drawing from rare archival material, approaches subjects that have long been contentious - the Indus water treaty, Siachen and A.Q. Khan’s dangerous nuclear forays. Even while analyzing Pakistan’s present-day plunge into internal dissent, self-made jihadi extremism, provincial rivalry and military rule, Verghese offers a gentle way out of the nation’s self-made dilemmas - by encouraging Pakistan to become more than the Indian ‘other’, and urging it to move away from fundamentalism and embrace the syncretic, Sufi-infused Islam it once knew. B.G. Verghese’s last book is a powerful reminder that the core issue with Pakistan is not Kashmir - rather, it is the lack of a clear identity, the absence of a positive ideology, and the reluctance of the nation to fully accept its history.