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By Aravind Adiga

Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 citizens, merely 89 claim themselves to be with no faith or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is a rare crossroads among the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and the poets and the prophets of an India that sleek literature has not often addressed.

A sequence of sketches that jointly shape a stunning, incredible, and courageous mosaic of Indian lifestyles because it is lived in a spot referred to as Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with all of the humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, enlarges our figuring out of the realm we are living in at the present time.

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29 Moreover, there is a tendency among the Indian political leaders to blame Pakistan for every terrorist strike in the country, at times offering little evidence, thereby generating credibility problems for the Indian position. The India–Pakistan power asymmetry is affected by perceptions that each side holds of the other. Much of the Pakistani elite believes that India and Pakistan ought to be coequals geopolitically and it sees relative parity in military and diplomatic terms as a goal worth striving for, even at a high cost to society.

The sense of resentment is higher in the weaker party as the status quo seems to favor the stronger side. Further, the territorial dismemberment in 1971 solidified the existing resentment of Pakistanis about the ‘‘unfairness’’ of territorial divisions. The passage of time seems to favor the stronger side, given that India’s economy is growing more rapidly than Pakistan’s since the former began economic reforms in 1991. This higher level of resentment among Pakistanis tends to manifest itself intensely in societal dimensions, especially in the teaching of history that perpetuates negative and stereotypical images of India and the Hindu religion.

To Saideman, the key reasons for the persistence of the conflict have to be located in domestic politics associated with irredentism. In comparison with the Sino-Indian conflict, the India–Pakistan rivalry has remained at a higher intensity due to the irredentist aims of Pakistan and the anti-irredentist policies of India while the majority Kashmiri population desires independence from both states. The international costs of aggressive foreign polices are not necessarily sufficient to stop a country from engaging in self-destructive behavior associated with irredentism if domestic pressures are strong enough to continue such policies.

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