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An Engaged Chronicler of His Times

India–Pakistan: Themes Beyond Borders: Selections from Nikhil Chakravartty’s Writings selected and edited by Anil Nauriya, Ravi M Bakaya, Razia Ismail Abbasi and Sumit Chakravartty, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2019; pp 382, 895.

Many aspects of the relationship between India and Pakistan have changed since eminent journalist Nikhil Chakravartty wrote about it, but some things have also remained the same. In this collection of writings spanning 33 years from 1964 to 1997, he covers the period starting from two decades after independence and writes on significant events in the history of the subcontinent. That was the time when there was hope for peace between India and Pakistan, when Jawaharlal Nehru sent Sheikh Abdullah to meet President Muhammad Ayub Khan and explore the possibility of a settlement over Kashmir. Perhaps Chakravartty, if he was alive today, would have deplored the situation in Kashmir or rued over the Taliban retaking Afghanistan and the fact that India and Pakistan are deadlocked in a situation of armed peace.

Chakravarttys writings offer a granular view of a range of events related to the relations between the two countries carved out in 1947. As former foreign secretary Muchkund Dubey writes in his foreword, these writings should help understand the relations between the two countries not as a taboo but as a challenge. A challenge that has time and again struggled to come up with constructive and substantive results.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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