Not this, not that, and not the other thing either

Swapan Dasgupta in The Telegraph:

“Unlike its larger eastern neighbour, which cast a spell on outsiders, first as a spiritual haven and subsequently as a breeding ground for clever nerds, Pakistan has spent the major part of its 60-year existence as an afterthought. It lacked the civilizational draw of India and never quite captured the rugged romance of Afghanistan. It existed as an appendage to both the Moghul inheritance and the noble savagery that defined life along the Khyber Pass. Pakistan was perched somewhere in between. It was neither modernist and secular like Turkey, nor was it defined by medievalism like Saudi Arabia.”

Read the full column: The art of deception

Also read: Is Pakistan a failed State?