I return with a new Book Review, again related to Pakistan. Pardon my obsession with this nation, but it really does intrigue me with its long history of violence and relatively short history of democratic politics. And who else is better to talk about it other than a Bhutto? Yes, after Fatima I’m back with her aunt, the late Benazir Bhutto’s memoir Reconciliation addressing the one question that is in the back of the minds of almost everyone: Can Islam and Democracy ever go hand-in hand?
Why did I choose this book to read and then write a review about? Because I’m unabashedly political. And because I wanted to understand the psyche of a country (read: Pakistan) which has been repeatedly accused of exporting terrorism across the world. Even as I post this, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Bhutan have pulled out of the SAARC Summit that was to be conducted in Islamabad, as a form of protest. I’m talking about Pakistan and its role in the recent Uri Attacks. For those of you who don’t know about it: here’s the story. And now, back to the book.