ISBN 9788185002606,Across the Wagah : An Indian's Sojourn in Pakistan

Across the Wagah : An Indian's Sojourn in Pakistan



Bibliophile South Asia

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9788185002606

ISBN-10 8185002606


Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 360 Pages
Language (English)

Social Sciences

India's obsessive interest in Pakistan is defined by political and security issues and is conditioned by history. The pain and despair at the vivisection of the motherland is far from over. There is nostalgia for the land suddenly became distant and inaccessible overnight and negative feelings for the people who occupied that land. This book is not about Indo-Pak relations, not does it discuss Kashmir. It is about the people of Pakistan, their cities and histories, their complex societies and their search for cultural identity. Pakistani society is at once plural and monolithic. Its biradaries, tribes and tribal codes of conduct, ethnic groups and languages, and racial mixtures make it an anthropologist's delight. But the bulldozer of Islam makes it difficult for an outsider to understand the social intricacies. The book makes two points: one, that we must learn to distinguish between people, nation and state, and taht territorial boundaries and cultural frontiers are not the same.