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Book Title: The Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan|
The author of the book: Aitzaz Ahsan
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Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: January 2nd 1997
ISBN 13: 9780195776935
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.38 MB
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Ahsan’s work is no less a treat for anyone desperately seeking an alternative history of ideology of Pakistan other than the usual mechanically concocted ones by people like Sharif-ul-Mujahid. Rather than early Arab Muslim conquerors, Ahsan traces ideological and cultural roots of today’s Pakistan in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. Although the book got good reviews by scholars like late Ahmad Hasan Dani, Ahsan’s method seems to have many flaws, thus diminishing the value of his overall thesis. Take for instance, how almost 60-70 % of his ancient historical version is solely based upon Kosambi (who has a Marxist approach towards history) with virtually no comparisons with nationalist and imperialist versions. Nevertheless, the work is highly original and thought-provoking.
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Read information about the authorAitzaz Ahsan comes from a background steeped in politics; being the third generation from his family to serve as an elected member of a legislative assembly.
He is a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and has served as the Minister of Law, Justice, Interior and Education in the Federal Government between 1988 and 1993.
Elected to the senate of Pakistan in 1994, he was the leader of the House and the leader of the Opposition between the years 1996 and 1999.
After his early education at Aitchison College Lahore and the Government College Lahore, he studied law at Cambridge and was called to the bar at Grays'Inn in 1967. He is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He is also an indefatigable human rights activist and a founder vice-president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
He has been incarcerated under arbitrary detention laws many times by military and authoritarian regimes. During one such prolonged detention, he wrote 'The Indus Saga and Making of Pakistan' a popular socio-political history of the origins of Pakistan.
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