The Dark Side of Democracy (India-Pakistan Context)
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The book tries to fathom poverty and injustice in India and Pakistan. Both countries spend recklessly on defence because of ratchet effect. The governments do not have an iota of consideration for the woes of the common man. This book lifts the mask on double lives of politicians, whether military men or civilians. General Niazi of eastern cmmand had little leisure to attend to his professional duties. He connived at women being carried to even bunkers. While the eastern wing of the country was truncated, Yahya Khan was busy with drink and dance parties. Musharraf admits in his memoirs to being a cheat, and an ill-disciplined person. The civilian s like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mustafa Khar, and others did not lag behind the military men in paramours. Bhutto kept Husna Sheikh as mistress for 15 years. Tehmina, a married woman with a child, tells how Khar sent his wife Sherry on pilgrimage to Mecca so that they could have `extra time 'together. But, Khar failed to give entitled time to Safia, his wife picked from the streets. So, she abandoned Khar to marry Khar's brother and proceed to London. Various aspects of recent Pak election are also analysed. Parliaments are dominated by criminals, billionaires or dynasts.