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Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border Paperback – August 11, 2000
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Partition leaves its hurting traces deep in mind and soul of the Indian and Pakistan people. India has developed to the biggest democrtacy in the world. And Pakistan? What is left over since the ecstatic foundation of the first muslim state on South Asian ground? More illusions than welcome realities. To be a citizen of Pakistan means still to be a Muslim, not to participate in democratic and pluralistic rights. The very concept of a modern nation-state demanded a sense of communal identity that went beyond the bonds of faith. Democracy, however ambiguously that ideal is applied, assumes both a diversity of political affiliations and a collective allegiance to the state. In theory, this duality allows a majority and minority groups within a country to participate in the national experience while preserving their own cultural and ethnic identities. The problem in Pakistan, however, is that the concept of representative democracy was never given a fair chance. "Meanwhile it is the darkest irony by that a nation founded on the concept of unity amongst Muslims in South Asia is now torn apart by sectarian strife and violence.Read more ›