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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143029940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143029946
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mbagha" on September 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
The childish Hindutva/Bharat ideologue(s?) attempting to cast false aspersions on this book and discredit the author in their reviews are unable to address any of the issues that Singh writes of in this excellent work. They just bark their standard "sullah this, miya that" garbage (everything is the fault of the Muslims!). The ignorance/stupidity of their statements lends their negative views an air of positive endorsement.
1) Khushwant Singh is a SIKH, not a MUSLIM. (That should be obvious to anyone with a REAL Desi background based solely on his name).
2) Khushwant Singh is also one of the most popular and prolific authors in India, so I'm not sure why people are attempting to portray him as a Pakistani or a "fake Desi." Please refer to: [...] Next time, educate yourself before you speak. (Or read a book before you criticize it).

3) The description of the black stone in the Kaaba as a "shivling" is laughable; it bears no resemblance to a "Shiv Ling" (Shiva's Penis, which Hindus worship) & is NOT EVEN WORSHIPPED in the first place. This betrays your lack of even the most basic understanding of a religion you so adamantly criticize.
It is undeniable by anyone with a grasp of the current socio-political situation in India and the Indo/Pak subcontinent in general that India is imploding & on the verge of Balkanization. The Hindutva-Brahminist extremists have alienated every single other ethnic group and minority in the country, and the current balance of power cannot be sustained.
Don't listen to the mewling Hindutva paper tigers. Check this book out for yourself, it's definitely a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2003
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'I thought the nation was coming to an end,' wrote Khushwant-Singh, looking back on the violence of Partition that he witnessed over half a century ago. He believed then, and for years afterwards, that he had seen the worst that India could do to herself. Over the last few years, however, he has had reason to feel that the worst, perhaps, is still to come. In this fierce, uncompromising book, he shows us what few of us wish to see: why it is entirely likely that India will come undone in the foreseeable future.
Analysing the communal violence in Gujarat in 2002, the burning of Graham Staines and his children, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, and targeted killings by terrorists in different parts of the country, Khushwant Singh forces us to confront the extreme corruption of religion that has made us [Indians] among the most brutal people on earth. We [Indians] have always been too easily tolerant of extremist ideologies, but the rise of religious fundamentalism among the Hindus threatens our democracy and everything else that we take for granted. With sections of the ruling coalition openly supporting the divisive and retrograde agenda of the fundamentalists, it is the very idea of India that is at stake. 'Unless a miracle saves us,' Khushwant Singh writes, 'the country will break up. It will not be Pakistan or any other foreign power that will destroy us; we will commit hara-kiri.'

A brave and passionate book, The End of India is a wake-up call for every Indian citizen concerned about his or her own future, if not the nation's. For the rest of us this book reveals a darker side of the 'world's biggest democracy'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. F Sherman on March 18, 2007
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Forget the optimistic portrayals of India designed to encourage investment and trade - or at least take them for what they are. A Sikh Indian author warns about extremist religious, especially Hindu Right, violence and how it could destroy India. This is `reality' although it need not, and probably will not be, apocalyptic.

Politicians, perpetrators who stimulated Gujarat violence never were punished. Volatile myths under the guise of archeological `science' deny the real problems. Most `popular' violence has been aided if not directly caused by politicians. Recent studies have suggested that electoral politics has some potential to reduce these antagonisms where several ethnic and religious communities are needed for their votes by local politics.

(Those interested might find the movie "Bombay" entertaining and sometimes even humorous portrayal of interfaith marriage, dynamics of 'eligious' riots, and the chrge that the politicians are to blame.)

The partition itself is in large part the result of British divide and rule policies after the "Mutiny" was violently put down by a shocked occupation. Economic changes and decline together with sometimes disorienting communications and `modernization' as well as importing new laws and changing values themselves encourage violence.

Neither political jockeying nor idealistic education alone will secure a peaceful future with differences that can become virulent even after periods of peace and coexistence that on a personal individual level are not uncommon. India may not "end" but neither will internal peace be secure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Puneet S. Lamba on December 17, 2003
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A no holds barred indictment of India's recent slide into the depths of Hindu chauvinism from one of India's foremost commentators.
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By odzer on October 19, 2014
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An excellent book that covers the rise of religious fundamentalism in India which now seems to be at its zenith. Khushwant Singh captures the malevolent disease that is hurting one of the world's largest nations and exposes it to the world. These dark forces if they continue unchallenged will indeed bring about the end of India.
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