The Indus Saga

Roli Books Private Limited, 1 août 2005 - 488 pages
The Indus region, comprising the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent (now Pakistan), has always had its distinct identity - racially, ethnically, linguistically and culturally. In the last five thousand years, this region has been a part of India, politically, for only five hundred years. Pakistan, then, is no 'artificial' state conjured up by the disaffected Muslim elite of British India. Aitzaz Ahsan surveys the history of Indus - as he refers to this region - right from the time of the Harappan civilization to the era of the British Raj, concluding with independence and the creation of Pakistan. Ahsan's message is aimed both at Indians still nostalgic about 'undivided 'India and their Pakistani compatriots who narrowly tend to define their identity by their 'un-Indianness'.

Table des matières

The Two Regions 2000 BC to AD 1800
The Priests of Prehistory
The Man on Horseback
Iron Krishna and Buddha Destroy the Tribe
An Indus Version
The Europe that Came to India
The India that Awaited Europe
Uneasy Heads on the Peacock Throne
Tombs Ostentation and Land Tenure
Sea Power and Military Tactics
The Sikhs and the Subsidiary States

The First Universal State
The Oxus and the Indus
The Romance of Raja Rasalu
Feudalization and the First Feudal State
An Arab Visitor
More Men on Horseback
The Second Feudal State
Turbulent North Peaceful South and Panipat
The Second Universal State
Resistance Opportunism and Consumerism
Bhakti Nanak and the Sufis
The Two Worlds AD 1600 to AD 1897
The Third Universal State
The Two Nations AD 1757 to AD 1947
The Character of the Hindu Muslim Divide
Sonar Bangla
The Plunder
The Famine and Settlement
The Economic Divide
Whither the Muslims?
The Sons of the Indus Fight
Parting of the Ways
Droits d'auteur

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À propos de l'auteur (2005)

Aitzaz Ahsan comes from a background steeped in politics, being the third generation from his family to serve as an elected member of a legislative assembly. He is a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and has served as the minister of law, justice, interior and education in the federal government between 1988 and 1993. Elected to the senate of Pakistan in 1994, he was, successively, the leader of the House and the leader of the Opposition between the years 1996 and 1999. After his early education at Aitchison College and the Government College in Lahore, he studied law at Cambridge and was called to the bar at Grays'Inn in 1967. He is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He is also an indefatigable human rights activist and a founder vice-president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He has been incarcerated under arbitrary detention laws many times by military and authoritarian regimes. During one such prolonged detention, he wrote The Indus Saga.

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