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Beyond The Border

Beyond The Border

An Indian In Pakistan

Yoginder Sikand
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‘I was born in India. Your grandparents were born in what is now Pakistan. But they live in India and I in Pakistan. Strange, isn’t it?’
Beyond the Border, based on two journeys to Pakistan, is a strikingly unconventional account of what life is like for ‘ordinary’ Pakistanis. Yoginder Sikand discovers a country that only remotely resembles
the stereotype of the hostile Muslim neighbour all too common in the Indian imagination. From Shiela, the daughter of a feudal landlord, named after her mother’s Indian best friend, to the owner of a rundown local eatery who refused to take any money as Sikand was the first Indian to visit his stall, the author’s encounters with Pakistanis from all walks of life in Lahore, Multan, Hyderabad (Sind), Moenjo Daro, Bhit Bhah, Islamabad—among other places—reveal a country that is unexpected, paradoxical and rich in diverse narratives.
Departing from the fi ercely polemical rhetoric common in Indian and Pakistani accounts of each other, Yoginder Sikand not only goes beyond the strategist’s view of the India–Pakistan divide, but dispels the myths about Pakistan as the terrible ‘other’ that have fi ltered into the Indian psyche.
This brilliantly perceptive and quirky travelogue illuminates the Pakistani side of the story while telling Sikand’s own tale of exploration and self-discovery.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Jul/2011

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MRP : ₹350.00

Beyond The Border

An Indian In Pakistan

Yoginder Sikand

‘I was born in India. Your grandparents were born in what is now Pakistan. But they live in India and I in Pakistan. Strange, isn’t it?’
Beyond the Border, based on two journeys to Pakistan, is a strikingly unconventional account of what life is like for ‘ordinary’ Pakistanis. Yoginder Sikand discovers a country that only remotely resembles
the stereotype of the hostile Muslim neighbour all too common in the Indian imagination. From Shiela, the daughter of a feudal landlord, named after her mother’s Indian best friend, to the owner of a rundown local eatery who refused to take any money as Sikand was the first Indian to visit his stall, the author’s encounters with Pakistanis from all walks of life in Lahore, Multan, Hyderabad (Sind), Moenjo Daro, Bhit Bhah, Islamabad—among other places—reveal a country that is unexpected, paradoxical and rich in diverse narratives.
Departing from the fi ercely polemical rhetoric common in Indian and Pakistani accounts of each other, Yoginder Sikand not only goes beyond the strategist’s view of the India–Pakistan divide, but dispels the myths about Pakistan as the terrible ‘other’ that have fi ltered into the Indian psyche.
This brilliantly perceptive and quirky travelogue illuminates the Pakistani side of the story while telling Sikand’s own tale of exploration and self-discovery.

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Yoginder Sikand

Yoginder Sikand studied economics at St. Stephen’s College, sociology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and then did a PhD in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works with the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion at the National Law School, Bangalore. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Origins and Development of the Tablighi Jama’at (1920-2000): A Cross-Country Comparative Study; Sacred Spaces: Exploring Traditions of Shared Faith in India; Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations; Bastions of the Believers: Madrasas and Islamic Education in India; Religion, Peace and Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir; Voices Against Terror: Indian Ulema on Islam, Jihad and Communal Harmony and Jihad, Peace and Inter-Community Relations in Islam. He freelances for several newspapers and magazines, having written mainly on religious conflict and communalism, but now, being tired of the subject, is searching for something more meaningful to explore. He thinks the Buddha makes sense, and wants to work in that direction.

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