ZULFIQAR ALIBHUTTO;Six Steps to Summit, Copyright ©www.bhutto.org
President Bhutto of Pakistan is, though still young, one of the fascinating personalities of the world, and this is the story of his life. But his life is also a part of thestory of Pakistan and the book is thus both biography and history. The Simla Summit isnot the first of the Indo-Pakistani summits and it is not to be the last. Besides, Indo-Pakistani relations are but one part of the problems of this sub-continent; Bangla Deshrepresents another part. The undivided India of pre—Partition, pre-Independence dayswas first two countries and is now three countries. If these countries become one in spirit,this sub-continent can have peace and can hope for progress.Partition was implicit in all British proposals from the time of Cripps, the presence of a third, party exaggerating. Hindu-Muslim differences into a deep division.Partition could have been avoided, but it was not. The Congress accepted Pakistan as thesecession of unwilling elements, though partition was involved in the process. It meantthat India still contained a large population of Muslims and did not lose her compositecharacter. Even after the liberation of Bangla Desh, India remains the third largestMuslim state.It is against this background that Indo-Pakistani problems must be discussed andsolved. It requires a historical perspective, and Simla gave the first glimpse of it. IndiraGandhi and Mr. Bhutto, whatever the nature of the small opposition within each country,can speak for India and Pakistan respectively. The Indian people know Indira Gandhi, butMr. Bhutto has to be explained to be understood.Mr. Kamaleshwar Sinha here presents a vivid picture of Mr. Bhutto against the background of the recent tumultuous events. He has allowed Mr. Bhutto to speak for himself, according to the correct biographical tradition, reducing his contradictions of utterance to consistency of purpose. As Mr. Bhutto’s portrait emerges from Mr. Sinha’scolourful pages, both Mr. Bhutto and his biographer offer hope. Mr. Sinha has alsoincluded historical material in his book, which is a useful appendix to Mr. Bhutto’s story.For all the speed at which he has worked, Mr. Sinha has a useful and informative book’and history is not likely to contradict the faith and trust with which he has written it.
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