The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
India and Pakistan: The First Fifty Years
The independence of India and Pakistan signaled the beginning of the end of Western colonialism. The fiftieth anniversary of that independence, in 1997, offered an excellent milestone for considering their progress, problems, and prospects. For this purpose, nine well-known specialists presented papers at a conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center in June of 1997.
The papers have been collected in this book and the editors, themselves well-known experts on South Asia, have added an extended introduction summarizing the contents and drawing comparisons between India and Pakistan's first five decades of independence. The result is a comprehensive review of how these two countries have fared economically, governmentally, and socially.
In addition to these explorations and comparisons of internal issues, the final chapter reviews U.S. relations with India and Pakistan.
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Introduction, Selig S. Harrison, Paul H. Kreisberg, Dennis Kux
Part I. India
1. Politics: Democratic Progress and Problems, Paul Brass
2. Economics: Much Achieved, Much to Achieve, John Adams
3. Society: Growth and Inequity, Sonalde Desai and Katharine Sreedhar
Part II. Pakistan
4. Politics: a Nation Still in the Making, Robert LaPorte Jr
5. Economics: Misplaced Priorities, Missed Opportunities, Marvin Weinbaum
6. Society: Progress and Challenges, Anita Weiss
Part III. Foreign and Security Policy
7. India: Policies Past and Future, Sumit Ganguly
8. Pakistan: Fifty Years of Insecurity, Thomas Thornton
9. The US India, and Pakistan: Retrospect and Prospect, Stephen Philip Cohen