25 February, 2021

Picture, Broken In Time

Khan draws his account around the larger picture, Parthasarthy's attention on personalities could offend big egos.

Prshant Panjiar
Picture, Broken In Time
A new book on India-Pakistan relations is unlikely to make waves when the very future of Pakistan is under international scrutiny. Rarely before has its image sunk so low in the world and in its own esteem, as with its sole icon A.Q. Khan confessing to being a rogue peddler. The world today is concerned about what could happen to Pakistan and its nuclear weapons if that hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism is not stabilised and de-radicalised.

But with our prime minister intent on pursuing his "last effort" at peace with Islamabad, there is space for books that examine in a scholarly way the issues that divide India and Pakistan and offer possible compromises. This thin book, however, largely has personal reminiscences about the tenures of a Pakistani and Indian ambassador who held office in different eras. Humayun Khan became ambassador to India in 1984 when the US, employing the ISI as a conduit, was funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of arms to anti-Soviet Afghan guerrillas. G. Parthasarthy, in contrast, was posted to Islamabad after Vajpayee came to...

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