About the Book
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 prevalent nostalgia for the land that suddenly became distant and inaccessible overnight and negative feelings for the people who occupied that land. This book is not about Indo-Pak relations neither does it discuss Kashmir. It is about the common 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: first, that we must learn to distinguish between people, nation and state, and secondly, territorial boundaries and cultural frontiers are not the same.About The Author :MANEESHA TIKEKAR is a Reader in Politics at SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai. She has been a recipient of a number of international fellowships and awards including the Fulbright Post Doctoral Fellowship and ASIA Fellowship. Her publications include Constitution, Polity and Society: A Study of the Indian Political System, co-authored, Indian Socialism: Past and Present, co-edited; and a number of research papers and articles. Her book in Marathi Kumpanapalikadala Desh: Pakistan is widely acclaimed as it is said to have changed the common perception of Marathi readers about Pakistan. The book is already in its second edition within a year and has won two literary awards in 2003.