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The longest August : the unflinching rivalry between India and Pakistan

Author: Dilip Hiro
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes--primarily in caravans of bullock-carts--to seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dilip Hiro
ISBN: 9781568587349 1568587341
OCLC Number: 884814569
Description: xvii, 503 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The modish dresser meets the Mahatma --
Gandhi's original sin: injecting religion into politics --
The two-nation theory: a preamble to partition --
A rising tide of violence --
Born in blood --
The infant twins at war --
Growing apart --
Nehru's "forward policy": a step too far --
Shastri's tallest order: Pakistan's nightmare comes alive --
Indira Gandhi slays the two-nation theory --
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: the savior of West Pakistan --
Islamist Zia Ul Haq, builder of the A-bomb --
Benazir-Rajiv rapport cut short --
Gate-crashing the nuclear club --
General Musharraf buckles under US pressure --
Nuclear-armed twins, eyeball-to-eyeball --
Manmohan Singh's changing interlocutors --
Competing for Kabul --
Shared culture, rising commerce --
Overview and conclusions.
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A sweeping account of the relationship between Pakistan and India that traces the two countries' contentious history from long simmering tensions between Hindus and Muslims, to the conflict over  Read more...

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