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The longest August : the unflinching rivalry between India and Pakistan
Hiro, Dilip.
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Publication Information:
New York : Nation Books, [2014].

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xvii, 503 pages : map ; 25 cm
The modish dresser meets the Mahatma -- Gandhi's original sin: injecting religion into politics -- The two-nation theory: a preamble to partition -- A rising tide of violence -- Born in blood -- The infant twins at war -- Growing apart -- Nehru's "forward policy": a step too far -- Shastri's tallest order: Pakistan's nightmare comes alive -- Indira Gandhi slays the two-nation theory -- Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: the savior of West Pakistan -- Islamist Zia Ul Haq, builder of the A-bomb -- Benazir-Rajiv rapport cut short -- Gate-crashing the nuclear club -- General Musharraf buckles under US pressure -- Nuclear-armed twins, eyeball-to-eyeball -- Manmohan Singh's changing interlocutors -- Competing for Kabul -- Shared culture, rising commerce -- Overview and conclusions.
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The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes--primarily in caravans of bullock-carts--to seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if that August never ended.

Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro provides a riveting account of the relationship between India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark events that led to the division of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious relationship between Hindus and Muslims. To this day, a reasonable resolution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the Line of Control in Kashmir remains the most heavily fortified frontier in the world, with 400,000 soldiers arrayed on either side.

Since partition, there have been several acute crises between the neighbors, including the secession of East Pakistan to form an independent Bangladesh in 1971, and the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both sides resulting in a scarcely avoided confrontation in 1999 and again in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical importance of the India-Pakistan conflict by chronicling their respective ties not only with America and the Soviet Union, but also with China, Israel, and Afghanistan.

Hiro weaves these threads into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colorful biographies of leaders, vivid descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights--and cultural signifiers like cricket matches. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and presents the first definitive history of one of the world's longest-running and most intractable conflicts.

Author Notes

Dilip Hiro is one of the world's leading experts on the Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian, and Islamic affairs. His 34 books include Inside India Today, The Timeline History of India, Inside Central Asia , and Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia . He contributes to the New York Times, Guardian, Observer, Nation , and Los Angeles Times as well as Salon , TomDispatch, and YaleGlobal. He is a commentator for CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera English."