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Pakistan Through the Ages

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Nichola Tucker’s put together a collection of The Atlantic‘s coverage of Pakistan, dating back to the country’s origins in the 1940s. Way back in 1946, the magazine took the view that a “land of the pure” for the subcontinent’s Muslims was a bad idea, arguing that the “two nations” theory of the sub-continent was nonsense since “The rice-eating Moslem mopla of Malabar has far more in common with his Hindu neighbors than he has with the wheat-eating Punjabi Moslem” and that under the circumstances “Only the most confused thinking could produce a two-nation theory in India, where there are dozens of distinct races and languages.”