'Excellent and compelling'
Partha Chatterjee, University of Columbia
'A provocative, passionate and stimulating new interpretation of ethnic nationalism'
Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
'A significant study that informs us of the politics and group interests in one of the most volatile regions of the world'
Stephen Castles, Oxford University
'Very interesting intellectual and political ideas - refreshing'
Gyan Pandey, Johns Hopkins University
'An informed and lucid work that demystifies the politics of nationalism'
Howard Brasted, University of New England
A major challenge Pakistan has been confronted with since it came into existence is the self-assertion of various ethinic groups, which have actively contested the legitimacy of the state structure. However, despite the seriousness of this ethnic challenge, there exists no detailed study of these movements—Politics of Identity fills this vacuum.
Highlighting the role the state plays in the lives of individuals, the book
–Studies both the pre-colonial and colonial state system in India and the changes it effected till India’s independence and the creation of Pakistan.
–Assesses the state in Pakistan and explains its role in giving rise to ethnic discontent.
–Studies four ethnic movements—Pukhtun, Baloch, Sindhi and Mohajir—demonstrating how proximity to or distance from state power have influenced their politics.
–Critically reviews some influential theories of nationalism and shows how they have not adequately explained ethnic nationalism in some parts of the world.
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About the Author
Adeel Khan is a lecturer in Health Management at the School of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Table of Contents
PrefaceIntroduction: Crude ThinkingEthnicity, Nationalism and the Modern StateColonial State and Colonial Difference in IndiaNationalisation of the Colonial State in PakistanPukhtun Ethnic Nationalism: From Separatism to IntegrationismBaloch Ethnic Nationalism: From Guerrilla War to Nowhere?Sindhi Ethnic Nationalism: Migration and MarginalisationMohajir Ethnic Nationalism: El Dorado Gone SourAt a Crossroads as ‘Ever Before’!AppendicesBibliographyIndex