THE LONGEST AUGUST BY DILIP HIRO
India and Pakistan are two neighboring countries. Both of them have great military power. The origins and ethnicity of the two nations are the same. But religion is what separates these two states. In the past, there was no Pakistan. Cultural differences and religious tensions between Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims lead to the creation of an independent Muslim state – Pakistan. ‘The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan’ by Dilip Hiro is one of the best books written on the history of both countries and their conflicts.
Dilip Hiro is one of the world’s leading experts on the Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian, and Islamic affairs. He is also very prolific with a portfolio of 34 books written on a variety of different topics. Dilip Hiro is also a commentator for BBC, CNN, and Al-Jazeera English.
‘The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan’ tells about the causes and outcomes of the partition between India and Pakistan. The author tells about different events and circumstances that eventually lead to the creation of a separate country Pakistan. Even though religion is widely considered as the main cause of the rivalry between the two states, there are a lot of other factors including political ones that influence relationships between India and Pakistan.
As a lover of historic books, I enjoyed reading this book very much. It is very informative. The amount of information collected by the author for this book is huge. I was overwhelmed by the number of numbers, dates, names, and other types of historic data. This book told me about the history of India and Pakistan and their rivalry.
If you are particularly interested in the history of India, Pakistan, and their neverending conflicts, then, ‘The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan’ is one of the best books you can find. This book is not for people who anticipate an entertaining and easy tone from a non-fiction book. This book is serious and cold. Sometimes, it was difficult for me to continue reading it. If you are a serious and patient connoisseur of history, then, you will surely fall in love with this book.