Was It All Worth It?

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Fatima Bhutto’s Songs of Blood and Sword is a lament for her dead father, Murtaza Bhutto, and an attempt to resurrect his political reputation. It is also a moving memoir of a troubled childhood with him in exile. At the same time, however, it is a dubious attempt to rewrite Pakistan’s recent history in the […]

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Broken India

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1876–1948), the founder of Pakistan, has long been a favourite villain of the Indian Right, reviled as the prime architect of the Partition of India in 1947. Jinnah: India – Partition – Independence dares to question this orthodoxy, and its publication in August 2009 caused a political sensation in India. Its author, […]

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