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Pakistan: From the Rhetoric of Democracy to the Rise of Militancy

Ravi Kalia (Author)
Synopsis The essays in this volume address the central theme of Pakistan's enduring, yet elusive, quest for democracy.

The book charts Pakistan's struggle from its very inception, at least in the political rhetoric provided by both civilian and military leaders, for democracy, liberalism, freedom of expression, inclusiveness of minorities and even secularism. At the same time, it demonstrates how, in practice, the country has continued to drift towards increasingly brittle authoritarianism, religious extremism and intolerance of minorities — both Muslim and non-Muslim.  This chasm between animated political rhetoric and grim political reality has baffled the world as much as Pakistanis themselves. In this volume, scholars and practitioners of statecraft from around the world have sought to explain the dichotomy that exists between the rhetoric and the reality. Crucial areas such as Pakistan's troubled status as a theocracy; its relationship with the US; the position of women and their quest for empowerment; the Muhajir Qaumi Movement; the sharp class divide that has led to an elitist political culture; and finally, an erudite discussion of the popular topic — Jinnah's vision of Pakistan — are the focus of this book.
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About the author

Ravi Kalia

Ravi Kalia is Professor of History, City College of the City University of New York. His books include Chandigarh: The Making of an Indian City (OIP, 1988), and Bhubaneshwar: From Temple Town to a Capital City (OUP, 1994).

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Title Pakistan: From the Rhetoric of Democracy to the Rise of Militancy
Author Ravi Kalia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780415670401
length 264p.,