An analysis of “Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History” by Ishtiaq Ahmed

An analysis of “Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History” by Ishtiaq Ahmed

Through the book, Ahmed puts forward arguments outlining the primary causes attributed to Jinnah's success and recognition as a leader in the buildup to the partition. One of the primary arguments that Ahmed focuses extensively on is the idea that the initial lack of success of the Quit India Movement was a pivotal step in [...]

Book review: The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal

Book review: The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal

The Sole Spokesman by Ayesha Jalal is a book takes a strong stand against the common teleological assumption that “the end result of the … partition was the ultimate goal of Muslim politics” and Jinnah in the years leading up to 1947. Through the book, Jalal’s arguments aim to explain Jinnah’s nuanced motives at the [...]

The Bengal Famine- The lesser known story

The long lines of people waiting for food India post colonisation and the legacy the Raj left behind will remain etched in the aeons of history. Stories of atrocities, human rights violations and the oppression by the Raj have been continually retold. One such atrocity that the British to this day continue to be condemned [...]

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960

A map showing the flow of rivers as per the treaty “One bright spot ... in a very depressing world picture that we see so often”. This was a famous statement that the former US president, Dwight Eisenhower used to describe the Indus Waters Treaty, one of the most “successful international treaties has survived frequent [...]

Bangladesh, a nation born in the face of adversity

Bangladesh, a nation born in the face of adversity

India and Pakistan have had a long-standing history of conflict owing to hostility originating from historical and political factors. The British left the Indian Subcontinent divided into secular India and a largely Muslim populated Pakistan but what followed was one of the most disturbing migrations in history outlined by violence and riots. The relations between [...]

The vital role that Gandhi played in shaping the Indian independence movement

The vital role that Gandhi played in shaping the Indian independence movement

The Indian Independence movement was one of the most prominent anti-imperialist movements in history. This movement lasted for several decades but was touted be the most effective from the 1920s till 1947. Historians believe that its success is largely attributed to the changing power dynamics of the British empire and more importantly the significant efforts [...]