Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History

Ms Saman Ayesha Kidwai is Research Analyst at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Email
  • Whatsapp
  • Linkedin
  • Print
  • September 2022
    Book Review

    Balochistan is one of the most restive areas in Pakistan that has endured systematic and extraordinary suppression at the hands of the Pakistani State and its security forces. The Baloch form a distinct ethno-national identity, and dream of creating a Baloch nation-state, but this runs contrary to the overarching Pakistani identity and State, attracting their fury. The Baloch have struggled for decades for international recognition of their plight but have hardly received any support. It is not only political apathy but the lack of academic attention on the plight of the Baloch people, their struggles, history, identity and culture that has hurt the Baloch cause. Sandhya Jain through her meticulous and well-researched book has attempted to fill this gap by chronicling the history, culture and the struggle of the Baloch people of Pakistan.