Monday, Sep 20, 2021
Outlook.com

Striking A Flint Near Heaped Combustibles

M.J. Akbar brings new insight to Pakistan’s past, but fails to fully plumb its maddening present and possible future

Striking A Flint Near Heaped Combustibles
Prabhjot Singh Gill
Striking A Flint Near Heaped Combustibles
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

The modern Indian political imagination can count many remarkable achievements to its credit—not least, the capacity to envisage a multi-religious and plural democracy. But one of its most spectacular and consequential failures has been its inability to imagine Pakistan: in the past, to foresee what made so many want it; in the present, to grasp its unrivalled capacity to make chronic crises its means of survival; and looking ahead, to assess its possible futures.

That failure of imagination and judgement continues. Even as Pakistan’s possible futures weigh upon our own, we seem content to outsource the problem to others, specifically the Americans: let them produce research, develop and prosecute policy. Our hope is that we can get away with minimum involvement—contain Pakistan, perhaps the problem will go away. It won’t. More urgently than ever, we need to understand better, to diversify policy options, and to create a repertoire of policies. Above all, we need to concentrate on what we should and can do if it...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Will Evergrande Woes Bring Great Fall Of China?

Will Evergrande Woes Bring Great Fall Of China?

Evergrande is the largest property company in China and owns more than 1,300 projects in 280 cities holding approx 2% of the Chinese real estate market.

New Punjab Chief Minister—Charanjit Singh Channi To Take Oath By 11 AM; Also Two Deputy CMs And Some Cabinet Ministers

New Punjab Chief Minister—Charanjit Singh Channi To Take Oath By 11 AM; Also Two Deputy CMs And Some Cabinet Ministers

Charanjit Singh Channi appointed Chief Minister of Punjab; expected to tap 32 percent Dalit voters of Punjab in the upcoming 2022 assembly elections.

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Hails Gaikwad, Bravo After CSK's Win Over MI

IPL 2021: MS Dhoni Hails Gaikwad, Bravo After CSK's Win Over MI

Gaikwad batted through the innings to lift Chennai Super Kings from 7/3 to 156/6. Mumbai Indians could manage only 136/8.

Virat Kohli To Step Down As Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain After IPL

Virat Kohli To Step Down As Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain After IPL

The news came just a few days after Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as India's T20 captain after T20 World Cup.

Advertisement