`A provocative, passionate and stimulating new interpretation of ethnic nationalism'
`A significant study that informs us of the politics and group interests in one of the most volatile regions of the world'
`Very interesting intellectual and political ideas - refreshing'
`An informed and lucid work that demystifies the politics of nationalism'
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.