NEW DELHI: Balochistan National Party’s political secretary BM Kutty’s autobiography Sixty Years in Self-Exile: No Regrets was released on Wednesday by former Indian minister for external affairs K Natwar Singh.
Kutty, although born in Kerala, is a Pakistani national. He is a phenomenon in India because he provides a mirror into Balochistan, a region that Indian society is deeply interested in as it represents the demand for recognition of tribal rather than Islamic identity.
“As I was walking in, I heard the word disintegration. This is no surprise,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik commented wryly. Indian MP Mani Shankar Aiyar was quick in his rebuttal: “Mr Ambassador, if you heard disintegration it was only in the context of all Indians here saying that Pakistan should not disintegrate, it is not in India’s interest.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2011.
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