23 February 2017
Article Review Editors: Thomas Maddux and Diane Labrosse
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Rakesh Ankit, “America, India, and Kashmir, 1945–49: ‘If Ignorance about India in This Country is Deep, Ignorance About the [Princely] States is Abysmal’.” Diplomacy & Statecraft 27:1 (March 2016): 22-44.
PDF version of H-Diplo Article Review 681 on Rakesh Ankit, “America, India, and Kashmir, 1945–49: ‘If Ignorance about India in This Country is Deep, Ignorance About the [Princely] States is Abysmal’.” Diplomacy & Statecraft 27:1 (March 2016): 22-44.
My new book, Pashtun Identity and Geopolitics in Southwest Asia: Pakistan and Afghanistan since 9/11, has just been published by Anthem in London (2016). Based on archival research at the British Library, Bodleian and in South and Central Asia besides interviews in Britain, United States, Brussels, and the Sub-continent, this volume reviews the various hypotheses about Pashtuns (Pathans) varying from their Semitic origins to Aryan roots.
Responsible person(s): Mitra Sharafi
Thank you Farhan Siddiqi for your detailed and informative reply. It is interesting to learn that these religious groups do not want to take governmental powers themselves but want only to get their interpretation of Islam accepted and implemented. It would also be interesting to see how this kind of religious activism will develop in the future - in Pakistan as well as in the region.
Thank you Emmanuel and it was a pleasure to contribute to this series.
Thank you Aleksandar Pavkovic for your reply to the post and my due apologies for taking so long to get back to you: let me start by answering the last question first. Pakistan does not offer any example, either at the moment or previously, of a religious movement that is at the same time secessionist. This is why I do not see religion trumping ethnicity as the basis for secession in Pakistan in the future. The real challenge to Pakistan comes from ethnic groups, as for example, in Balochistan.