The End of India

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Penguin Books, 2003 - Communalism - 163 pages
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I Thought The Nation Was Coming To An End,' Wrote Khushwant Singh, Looking Back On The Violence Of Partition That He Was Witness To Over Half A Century Ago. He Believed Then, And For Years Afterwards, That He Had Seen The Worst That India Could Do To Herself. Over The Last Few Years, However, He Has Had Reason To Feel That The Worst, Perhaps, Is Still To Come. In This Fierce, Uncompromising Book He Shows Us What Few Of Us Wish To See: Why It Is Entirely Likely That India Will Come Undone In The Foreseeable Future.

Analysing The Communal Violence In Gujarat In 2002, The Anti-Sikh Riots Of 1984, The Burning Of Graham Staines And His Children, The Targeted Killings By Terrorists In Punjab And Kashmir, Khushwant Singh Forces Us To Confront The Absolute Corruption Of Religion That Has Made Us Among The Most Brutal People On Earth. He Also Points Out That Fundamentalism Has Less To Do With Religion Than With Politics. And Communal Politics, He Reminds Us, Is Only The Most Visible Of The Demons We Have Nurtured And Let Loose Upon Ourselves. Insurgencies In Kashmir And The North-East, Caste Wars In Bihar, Scattered Naxalite Movements, And The Ghettoization Of Minorities Are Proof That Our Obsession With Caste And Regional And Racial Identity Has Also Splintered The Nation, Perhaps Beyond Repair.

A Brave And Passionate Book, The End Of India Is A Wake-Up Call For Every Citizen Concerned About His Or Her Own Future, If Not The Nation'S.

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Khushwant Singh was born on February 2, 1915 in the village of Hadali in what is now the Punjab province of Pakistan. He attended St. Stephen's College in Delhi, Government College in Lahore, and King's College London. In 1947, he worked for India's ministry of external affairs and served as press officer in Ottawa and London. From 1980 to 1986, he was a member of the upper house of the Indian parliament. He was an author and journalist. His newspaper column, With Malice Towards One and All, was syndicated all over India. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 novels and short-story collections including Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi: A Novel, The Company of Women, and The Sunset Club. He also wrote a two-volume History of the Sikhs, an autobiography entitled Truth, Love and a Little Malice, and a book of biographical profiles entitled The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous. He died on March 20, 2014 at the age of 99.

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