The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience

The Pakistan Paradox Instability and Resilience Pakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance After rallying non Urdu speaking leaders around him Jinnah imposed a

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  • Title: The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience
  • Author: Christophe Jaffrelot
  • ISBN: 9788184005745
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance After rallying non Urdu speaking leaders around him, Jinnah imposed a unitary definition of the new nation state that obliterated linguistic diversity This centralisation justified by the Indian threat fostered centrifugal forces that rePakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance After rallying non Urdu speaking leaders around him, Jinnah imposed a unitary definition of the new nation state that obliterated linguistic diversity This centralisation justified by the Indian threat fostered centrifugal forces that resulted in Bengali secessionism in 1971 and Baloch, as well as Mohajir, separatisms today Concentration of power in the hands of the establishment remained the norm, and while authoritarianism peaked under military rule, democracy failed to usher in reform, and the rule of law remained fragile at best under Zulfikar Bhutto and later Nawaz Sharif While Jinnah and Ayub Khan regarded religion as a cultural marker, since their time the Islamists have gradually prevailed They benefited from the support of General Zia, while others, including sectarian groups, cashed in on their struggle against the establishment to woo the disenfranchised Today, Pakistan faces existential challenges ranging from ethnic strife to Islamism, two sources of instability which hark back to elite domination But the resilience of the country and its people, the resolve of the judiciary and hints of reform in the army may open a new and stable chapter in its history.

    One thought on “The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience”

    1. The book was good. However, there are some historical mistakes that need to be taken into account.First of all, Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan's first prime minister, was shown in somewhat positive light. Although Liaquat was a moderate, liberal politician for most part of his life, he made some pathetic blunders that Jinnah would have never made or even allowed Liaquat to make. The book says that Liaquat was forced by the Mullahs to pass the objectives resolution and he was stuck between two worlds [...]

    2. A remarkably well-written book that presents the facts without getting biased. After discussing the factors that contributed to the existence of Pakistan, Jaffrelot moves ahead toward the evolution of democratization process with intermittent military rules. The author also examines the impact of US-Pakistan relations, Islamabad's role in Soviet jihad, and the India-Pakistan armed conflicts of 1965, 1971, and 1999. Jaffrelot, however, continues to worry about the dominant role that Pakistan's Ar [...]

    3. What an amazing book!!! A must read for every Pakistani if they intend to know the truth of their history. Mind boggling revelations have been made by Jefferlot with authentic facts and figures. The book can give everyone a tremendous amount of insight into the why of current Pakistan's situation. Awesome job!!!!

    4. Very interesting read, this books hits the issues faced in current Pakistan in the nail with excellent analysis of its origins, the constituents and the various players and factors pulling the nation apart

    5. one of my best read of the year so far. beautifully explained the paradox that Pakistan is. the detailing about the various actors in Pakistan state is incredible .

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