Our Troubled Neighbour
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Our Troubled Neighbour

 
 

The assassination of Pakistani politician Salman Taseer was the umpteenth reminder that our neighbour is a country deeply ridden with rifts and what seem like irreconcilable inner differences.

The first thing I thought about when I heard of Taseer's death was his son and author, Aatish. In his brilliant debut novel Stranger to History, a book that lingered in my mind long after I read it, Aatish describes a mostly troubled, estranged relationship, with his father.

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But in a brilliant essay after his father’s assassination – an event that has sent shockwaves through the country – Aatish gives us some glimpses of a man who loved Pakistan, but who Pakistan perhaps wasn’t able to love back.

It's a wonderful personal insight into what has been a national tragedy.

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