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The book deals with the issues of democracy and development in major South Asian countries. In a comprehensive manner, it draws attention to various aspects like ethnicity, multiculturalism, authoritarianism, economic reforms, trade, armed rebellion, democracy movements, and federal pressures.

While examining the many facets of democracy and development in the region, the various contributors to the volume capture: the discontent in the political sphere within each country; how states navigate a maze of ethnic claims, multicultural compulsions, and separatist insurgencies; and; the region's optimism in economic reforms for development, peace-building processes for security, and democratization.

A Historical Perspective on Ethnicity, Tribalism, and the Politics of Frontier Policy in Pakistan
A historical perspective on ethnicity, tribalism, and the politics of frontier policy in Pakistan

Pakistan is a creature of European imperialism, and those who sought self-determination for the Muslims in the Muslim-majority areas of the subcontinent were influenced more by the British experience than anything reflecting genius of the different regions. British rule in India had cast a long shadow over the vast region of southern Asia, obscuring from view the realities of disparate regions that were not figured to hang together as voluntary segments of a nation-state. The undoing of a unified subcontinent under British rule began with the Muslim demand for a separate self-governing homeland. Congress leaders who tried to ...

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