The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan

The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan


The partitioning of British India into self sustaining Pakistan and India in August 1947 happened in the course of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one facet and Muslims at the different. greater than 750,000 humans have been butchered, and 12 million fled their homes—primarily in caravans of bullock-carts—to search safe haven around the new border: it used to be the biggest exodus in heritage. Sixty-seven years later, it's as though that August by no means ended.

Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro presents a riveting account of the connection among India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark occasions that resulted in the department of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious courting among Hindus and Muslims. To this present day, an inexpensive answer to their dispute has proved elusive, and the road of keep watch over in Kashmir continues to be the main seriously fortified frontier on this planet, with 400,000 squaddies arrayed on both side.

Since partition, there were numerous acute crises among the associates, together with the secession of East Pakistan to shape an self reliant Bangladesh in 1971, and the purchase of nuclear guns by way of either side leading to a scarcely kept away from disagreement in 1999 and back in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical value of the India-Pakistan clash through chronicling their respective ties not just with the USA and the Soviet Union, but additionally with China, Israel, and Afghanistan.

Hiro weaves those threads right into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colourful biographies of leaders, vibrant descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights—and cultural signifiers like cricket fits. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and offers the 1st definitive background of 1 of the world’s longest-running and such a lot intractable conflicts.

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