This book tracks seventy years of the India-Pakistan interface. Events, anecdotes and personalities drive its narrative to illustrate the cocktail of hostility, nationalism and nostalgia that defines every facet of the relationship. It looks at the main events through the eyes and words of actual players and contemporary observers to illustrates how, both in India and in Pakistan, these past events are seen through radically different prisms, how history keeps resurfacing and has a resonance that cannot be avoided to this day. Apart from political, military and security issues, The People Next Door evokes other perspectives: divided families, peacemakers, war mongers, contrarian thinkers, intellectual and cultural associations, unwavering friendships, the footprint of Bollywood, cricket and literature: all of which are intrinsic parts of this most tangled of relationships.
About the author
T.C.A. Raghavan is a former Indian High Commissioner to Singapore and Pakistan. He has a PhD in history from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the author of Attendant Lords: Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim, Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India.
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