Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Great Divide - India and Pakistan


Author: Various

Edited By: Ira Pande

Language: English

Pages: 380

Cost: 495 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins

First Published in India: 2009

This book is actually a quarterly published by India Today and Harper Collins. It is compilation of various authors from India and Pakistan about relationship between India and Pakistan, story of partition and its effect, the future, the past and present for both the countries. After 26/11 India and Pakistan are almost went to war again.

This book is deals with various aspects of relationship between India and Pakistan. It talks about partition, how the demands for partition developed, role of Jinnah in partition, effects of partition, and reasons behind partition, how it went wrong. It also compares India and Pakistan on various aspects such as democracy, economy, culture etc. The book tries to describe why Indian democracy prospered and in Pakistan democracy could not sustain. It tries to reason out why there is still conflict between two countries after more than six decades.

The book hosts various essays on India – Pakistan by following Authors from both the countries:

1. Ashutosh Varshney

2. Arvind Sharma

3. Swapan Dasgupta

4. U.C. Dubey

5. Philip Oldenberg

6. Ashok Malik

7. B.G. Verghese

8. Meghnad Desai

9. Prem Shankar Jha

10. Salman Haidar

11. C. Raja Mohan

12. Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

13. Ajai Sahani

14. Mukul Kesavan

15. Ajoy Bose

16. Beena Sarwar

17. Amit Baruah

18. Sonia Jabbar

19. Salima Hashmi

20. Yousuf Saeed

21. Laila Tyabji

22. Shiv Vishvnathan

23. Alok Rai

24. Ira Pande

25. Kai Friese

26. Rehan Ansari

27. Madhu Purnima Kishwar

28. Urvashi Butalia

29. Sabeena Gadi Hoke

30. Nadeem Aslam

31. Sunil Sethi

32. Daniyal Mueenuddin

33. And brilliant photographs taken by Kulwant Roy

I think this is must read book for every Indian. If I have to rate it I will give it 8 out of 10.