On 6 February 2024, the FCC organised an event promoting Ambassador Ajay Bisaria’s latest book on Indo-Pak relations.
The author provides a gripping account of the events between 1947, which gives deep insights into the troubled relationship between the two neighbours.
Starting from partition, the book looks at details of some of the major events of Indo-Pak relations, starting from the partition, invasion of Kashmir in 1947, the Junagadh & Hyderabad Affair, 1965, 1971 wars, Lahore declaration, Kargil conflict, Agra Summit of 2001, Balakot incident, etc.
Ambassador Bisaria also looks at the recalcitrant history from the unique perspective of Indian diplomats, who had served in Pakistan since independence and were responsible for managing the situation on the ground and observations on Pakistan’s policies regarding India.
The book also looks at the stresses these diplomats had to endure, and the warmth, they received from ordinary Pakistanis.
The book is an eye-opener for the incidents which took place in 2019, the Balakot airstrikes, the engagement taken place over the capture of Air force pilot Abhinanadan Vardhaman in Feb 2019 and revoking article 370.
The book also looks at the blunders committed by Imran Khan Niazi, the then PM of Pakistan, and parleys engaged by the head of Pakistan army, General Bajwa. The author also describes the interactions with PM Narendra Modi and EAM, Late Sushma Swaraj.
Ambassador Bisaria joined the foreign service in 1987 and is a former Indian ambassador to Canada, Poland, Lithuania. Over the past 35 years, he has worked in various capacities in many Indian missions at Washington DC, Moscow and Berlin.
Shri Bisaria was the High Commissioner of India to Pakistan between 2017-2020.