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Pakistan in Crisis



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Pakistan in Crisis by Ashok Kapur

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Professor Kapur charts the continuous power struggles of Pakistan's ruling elites from independence in 1947 to the rise of Benazir Bhutto. He argues that the legacy of the British Empire, with its method of divide and rule', has made the chance of democracy succeeding in Pakistan slight. With rulers more interested in personal aggrandisement and maintaining a minority power base, Pakistan has suffered from a lack of forward-thinking politicians interested in uniting the country and the various ethnic factions. The army, with its links with the US government, has hindered any chance of real reform and progress. Islam has failed to address the internal structural divisions at the heart of Pakistan society. Neither is there a mass movement commanding enough support to bring about lasting change. In this book Ashok Kapur shows how Pakistan's political problems are the result of anti-democratic intervention by the army; the colonial legacy of minority rule; geographical borders which reflect the administrative interests of British India and divided ethnic communities; a lack of social cohesion; no sense of nationhood; ethnic violence and rivalry; corruption, murder and political intrigue. With a historical and comparative approach, the policies and methods of Pakistan's leaders are analysed and the involvement of the army in political matters is shown. While the author is pessimistic about the chances for the success of democracy in Pakistan, he holds out the hope that ordinary Pakistanis will be attracted by the democratic pluralism and broad-based political activity currently finding voice in much of Eastern Europe and the Third World, and so transform Pakistan into a nation in spirit as well as in name.

Author Biography

Aban Mukherji is a freelance writer and translator. She has a Masters in History and has co-translated (with Tulsi Vatsal) Karan Gehlo, the first Gujarati novel published in 1866. She has contributed articles to various publications. Madhavi Kohatkar retired as Professor in Sanskrit Dictionary Project, Deccan College, Pune. She has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Pune University and working knowledge of German, Russian, Tibetan, and Japanese. She has been invited for seminars and conferences in USA, Japan and Romania; and was invited to Japan for a joint project undertaken by China and Japan. She has nine books and more than hundred published articles in English, Sanskrit and Marathi to her credit. Ram Ramaswamy has recently retired from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi where he taught in the School of Physical Sciences since 1986. He has had a sustained interest in the work of Meera Kosambi, her father D.D. Kosambi and grandfather D Kosambi.
Release date NZ
October 3rd, 1991
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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