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In this groundbreaking book, Raghavan uses previously untapped archival sources to weave together new stories about the experiences of post-partition state-making in South Asia. Through meticulous research, it challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war. The book shows how amity and a spirit of cordiality governed relations be In this groundbreaking book, Raghavan uses previously untapped archival sources to weave together new stories about the experiences of post-partition state-making in South Asia. Through meticulous research, it challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war. The book shows how amity and a spirit of cordiality governed relations between the states of India and Pakistan in the first five years after partition. Arguing that a hitherto overlooked set of considerations have to be integrated more closely into the analysis of bilateral dialogue, this book analyses the developments leading to the No War correspondence between Nehru and Liaquat Ali Khan, the signing of a 'Minorities' Pact between the two prime ministers, and the early stages of the Indus Waters negotiations, as well as exploring the calculations of Indian and Pakistani delegates at a series of interdominion conferences held in the years after partition. This book will be of interest to specialists in histories of diplomatic practice as well as a general audience in search of narratives of peace in the South Asia region.


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In this groundbreaking book, Raghavan uses previously untapped archival sources to weave together new stories about the experiences of post-partition state-making in South Asia. Through meticulous research, it challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war. The book shows how amity and a spirit of cordiality governed relations be In this groundbreaking book, Raghavan uses previously untapped archival sources to weave together new stories about the experiences of post-partition state-making in South Asia. Through meticulous research, it challenges the existing wisdom about the preponderance of animosity and the rhetoric of war. The book shows how amity and a spirit of cordiality governed relations between the states of India and Pakistan in the first five years after partition. Arguing that a hitherto overlooked set of considerations have to be integrated more closely into the analysis of bilateral dialogue, this book analyses the developments leading to the No War correspondence between Nehru and Liaquat Ali Khan, the signing of a 'Minorities' Pact between the two prime ministers, and the early stages of the Indus Waters negotiations, as well as exploring the calculations of Indian and Pakistani delegates at a series of interdominion conferences held in the years after partition. This book will be of interest to specialists in histories of diplomatic practice as well as a general audience in search of narratives of peace in the South Asia region.

31 review for Animosity at Bay: An Alternative History of the India-Pakistan Relationship, 1947-1952

  1. 5 out of 5

    Simran Sharma (Craartology)

    Pallavi Raghavan's pioneering piece talks about untapped issues that India-Pakistan dealt with during the first five years after the fated partition. Issues such as control of Indus waters, occupation and settlement of Kashmir, rehabilitation of abducted women, migrant issues relating to compensation and  settlement, distribution of assets, border conflicts and the likes through different pacts and plans. The book records the attempts of settlement of the above mentioned issues with cooperative m Pallavi Raghavan's pioneering piece talks about untapped issues that India-Pakistan dealt with during the first five years after the fated partition. Issues such as control of Indus waters, occupation and settlement of Kashmir, rehabilitation of abducted women, migrant issues relating to compensation and  settlement, distribution of assets, border conflicts and the likes through different pacts and plans. The book records the attempts of settlement of the above mentioned issues with cooperative measures undertaken by both countries despite their political ideologies and institutional leanings across governments being radically different. India being a secular democratic state while Pakistan an Islamic military state have worked together keeping hostility of the partition and perspectives about nation building aside to solve certain disputes on neutral grounds or as fairly as possible. The alternative history here needs rapt attention from the reader to decipher and acknowledge the efforts of the two nations and the author's thorough research. The context of the contents aren't something I've read before in the books I've read or skimmed through about the partition of India and I'm super satisfied with my discovery and learnings. Kudos to the author for presenting this masterpiece! Though extremely academic in narration this book deserves all the attention for the novel concepts it addresses!

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