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The Sub-Continent Some Pakistani Perspectives

The Sub-Continent: Some Pakistani Perspectives A G Noorani INDIA and Pakistan matter a lot to each other and far more than either would care to admit. The ties of culture and language are far stronger between India and Pakistan than between Pakistan and Bangladesh. In this respect, India occupies a unique position; for its affinities with Bangladesh are in turn stronger than those which the latter has with Pakistan. India and Pakistan have shaped each other's foreign policy in fundamental respects, each affecting the other's relationship with the great powers. Precisely for these reasons the study of Indo-Pak relations imposes severe strains on the objectivity of even the best of academicians in these countries. It will be long before revisionist schools grow in each country challenging the conventional wisdom about the origins of the Indo-Pak cold war. When it docs, one should not be surprised if the revisionists, in their enthusiasm, perpetrate the errors which revisionists are prone to commit. Witness: the revisionist historians of the cold war. True objectivity lies not in avoidance of expression of opinion, but in one's approach to the evidence. It is marked by a genuine, consuming desire to understand why things happened the way they did. Such understanding is impossible without a close study of both points of view. The three books under review will be of enormous help to anyone who wishes to understand the Pakistani perspective on the relations between India and Pakistan.

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