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The man who wanted to wage a 1,000-year war with India

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  1. kahonapyarhai

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    The premise itself sounds interesting. A book by an Indian human rights activist about a Pakistani politician who once famously vowed to wage a 1,000-year war against India.

    But the subcontinent and its political upheavals in the modern era have often thrown up contradictions as delicious as Syeda Hameed’s political biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, ‘Born to be Hanged’. This one comes in a coarse-covered hardbound book immersed in red and black, colours suggestive of the import of the title. What stands out, however, in the book’s design element is the elegant black and white portrait of the Berkeley-returned politician, whose meteoric rise, mercurial career and monumental end is a defining period in the history of Pakistan.

    Hameed’s well-researched book is a product of 20 years of painstaking labour, coupled with access to the Bhutto family’s personal library and interviews with Pakistan People’s Party co-founder Mubashir Hassan. Accessing letters from the library, Hameed brings to the fore previously unknown facets of Bhutto’s personality, many elements of which bloomed at a tender age. The letter from the late Prime Minister to the Father of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, for example, betrays the makings of an ideology deeply rooted in religion and the inevitability that there could never be a truce between Hindus and Muslims in the subcontinent.

    “Musalmans should realise that Hindus can never and will never unite with us, they are the deadliest enemies of your Quran and prophet,” Bhutto, only 14 then, wrote to the Quaid-e-Azam in 1943 from his home in the city of Larkana in Pakistan’s Sindh province. The book is spread over four major parts, each of which delves into details about the key phases in Bhutto’s life as a person and as a personality. However, the author also goes to lengths to underline how socialism crept into the psyche of the young Bhutto: A principle he vehemently believed in, but one which he conveniently abandoned once the going got tough for him as a politician.

    Hameed says the introduction to Marx for Bhutto came in the form of a gift on his 21st birthday, along with a biography of Napoleon, also considered a hero by the young Sindhi. Over the years, a mixture of University of Berkeley and Oxford and Pakistan and its division-ridden society got him working on a passion which married socialism with Islam. The book then goes on to narrate the second key phase in his life, when he was sworn in as Minister for Commerce in the government at the age of 30 and as Pakistan’s foreign minister at 35 in a dispensation headed by Mohammad Ayub Khan, his benefactor, whom he later denounced as a dictator and hence had to face incarceration.

    Here, Hameed, sometimes through gentle nudges, suggests how Bhutto the socialist gradually took a backseat and Bhutto the politician who brooked no stopping gradually started pushing the realpolitik pedal. “Declaring Friday as holiday, closing down ‘dens of vice’ like bars and cabarets, stopping short of ordering chopping of hands and feet for theft (it would happen later) was how Islamisation played out on the ground. All this he did against his grain, against his better judgement,” the author writes. Hameed, through her conversations with Mubashir Hassan, and other published references, takes the reader through the phase which saw Bhutto’s career peak in the 1970s, when he became in 1973 the country’s 10th Prime Minister before General Zia ul Haq’s coup, which led to his incarceration and his eventual sentencing to death, following a sham trial. Hameed argues that the trajectory and the journey of his life, leading to his hanging, was destined, just as Oedipus was wedded to his fate.

    Through a less quoted work of journalist-politician Rafiuddin Ahmed, Hameed tries to recreate the last moments of Bhutto’s life before he was hanged at the central prison in Rawalpindi, putting an end to the life of the doyen of Pakistani politics but inadvertently giving birth to the dynasty that followed. (IANS)
     
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    The man who wanted to divide Pakistan and succeeded
    His slogan was "Udher tum ider ham"

    Additionally he completely destroyed industry in Pakistan. Bhuto zinda hy and still robbing poor Pakistanis.
     
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    He is alive for the next 1000 years too
     
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    i am not ppp supporter

    Though bhutto is hero for me . He did many work for Pakistan.
     
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    war or not but he will alive in sindh 1000 years
     
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    Political dynasties live for 3-4 generations max in uneducated communities like India or Pakistan.
     
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    He was quite a dumb chap with visions of grandeur. A bit of a buffoon like Idi Amin.
     
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    Bhutto was a flawed genius. My dad actually attended one of Bhutto's rallies in early 1970s in UK and although he turned off him later but he still has enormous respect for him. This is my take. The only three significant leaders Pakistan has had are -

    • Jinnah - He oversaw the independence of Pakistan.
    • Ayub Khan - He oversaw the building of Pakistan. Dams, roads, industry, army, airforce, capital city Islamabad etc.
    • Bhutto - He is the father of the atomb bomb.
    All the rest of the leaders the country has had have just been 'time pass' and have left nothing tangible beyond their own period of rule. So find all the faults in Bhutto. Blame him for the Bangla debacle when the truth is the reason for that was bigger then any one person. It was destined to happen from the day the clock began to ticking in August 1947. No nation with such disparity divided by 1,000 miles has remained united. The Bangla language riots in 1950s was a pointer where things would go down the road. But one thing can't be doubted. Pakistan is "Atamee" power thanks to Bhutto. By 1980 BBC was reporting Pak had the "bomb". Think about this. Zia took over in 1978. Unless he pulled the nukes out of his a*ss in two years this shows that it was Bhuttos effort coming to frution. So judge Bhutto harsh but like most people in power there is the good, the bad and the terrible. Never forget the good he left behind that Pakistani's like to brag at evey turn today.

    BBC report June 1980.

     
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    I dated the daughter of bhuttos daughters Friend.

    Mans a LIVING legend

    @Oscar aap koi sher ya cheetah hi keh den bhutto pay.

    Btw

    bhutto said 1000 years
    Zia said 1000 cuts
     
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    its 3rd generation already lets wish next will be last
     
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    In a bizzare way Bhutto's boast became reality. The nuclear weapons create a 1000 year nightmare for India. The fact is there is no way Delhi can overcome this 'gift' that Bhutto left behind for Indians.
     
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    To be quite honest, I see Bilawal gaining an upper hand in next elections in Pakistan. Imran would be a real disaster. But still quite interesting couple of months ahead politically in Pakistan.
     
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    True

    Much like poetic Zias 1000 cuts can be 1000 Yogi Raj.

    They both wanted war. Something that i have in common with them
     
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    Did not know you were a warmonger??
     
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    I am for Peace

    Just after the war

    It lasts longer that way. Both the other gentleman knew that too.

    You lol No that different either
     
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