Durand’s Curse by Rajiv Dogra

The line is named after Sir Mortimer Durand, the foreign secretary of imperial India, who in 1893 drew a line over the Hindu Kush and the western Himalayas. The line is one of the lasting imperial legacies of South Asia. Since then, this invisible yet powerful cartographical reality has defined the westernmost frontier of undivided India and formed the core of the Afghanistan-Pakistan territorial issues. Diplomat Rajiv Dogra tells the story of not only the divide, but of the lives of several nations affected by it now and then.



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