The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience


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Pakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu-speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance. After rallying non-Urdu speaking leaders around him, Jinnah imposed a unitary definition of the new nation state that obliterated linguistic diversity. This centralisation - 'justified' by the Indian threat - fostered centrifugal forces that resulted in Bengali secessionism in 1971 and Baloch, as well as Mohajir, separatisms today. Concentration of power in the hands of the establishment ...

The Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience 2015, C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781849043298

UK edition