The book is based on archival material accessed for the first time from the Nehru Papers and the archives of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. It provides readers with a new perspective on a great many significant issues of the subcontinent's India-Pakistan discourse.
The Partition was an opportunity for the two nations to go their own ways and build egalitarian societies, complementing each other. Unfortunately, unable to transcend old animosities, Pakistan added new ones to construct the bogey of Indian hegemony. This was diametrically opposed to India's determination to steer clear of the past and pursue a positive policy toward Pakistan since it shared centuries of historical, economic, social, and cultural ties with its people. For India, the separation was like a family dividing its assets by mutual agreement of its members and living peacefully thereafter. For Pakistan, however, the separation was akin to a permanent breakup of a family, which was accompanied by the nursing of grievances and the harboring of adversarial feelings. It is this mental make-up dictating the Indo-Pakistan narrative in the years following the Partition, that the book succinctly captures.
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- ASIN : 9386826208
- Publisher : Bloomsbury India (29 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 538 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789386826206
- ISBN-13 : 978-9386826206
- Item Weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Country of Origin : British Indian Ocean Territory
- Condition : New