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Fighting to the EndThe Pakistan Army's Way of War$
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C. Christine Fair

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892709.001.0001

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India under the Pakistan Army’s Gaze

India under the Pakistan Army’s Gaze

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(p.136) Chapter 6 India under the Pakistan Army’s Gaze
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Fighting to the End
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C. Christine Fair

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892709.003.0006

This chapter deals with the depiction of India and Indians in Pakistan’s defense literature. These consistently present highly stylized, if not outright faulty, versions of its engagements with India and their outcomes. What becomes apparent from a perusal of Pakistan’s defense publications is that it is neuralgically obsessed with India. Long before Indian strategists articulated a place for India on the international stage, Pakistani defense writers were doing so. Pakistan’s apprehensions are not driven by entirely by facts or empirical assessments; instead, its defense publications have sustained an ossified yet empirically erroneous account of its relations with India and even of India and Indians. Equally problematic, these narratives are thoroughly integrated into Pakistan’s educational materials, public and private media, and elements of Pakistan’s not-so-civil civil society. Thus, Pakistan’s national discourse surrounding India and defense policy is informed by a deeply flawed historical understanding that is resistant to amelioration.

Keywords:   Indo-Pakistan security competition, Indo-Pakistan relations

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