A strong yet balanced tone of emotional fervour rings in Asif Siddiqi's plea for the re-union of India and Pakistan, which gives fresh relevance and urgency to this long-standing theme of post-colonial South Asian politics. Was Pakistan ever the pan- Muslim state it claimed to be, necessary for staving off kafir domination?
This is one of the key questions about the birth of the state that the author asks. He demolishes the very concept of any hard- and- fast Hindu-Muslim divide by highlighting the psychic factors underlying the creation of Bangladesh. These psychic factors, he points out, originate from perceptions and behaviour far older than those based on religion.