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Remoteness and ModernityTransformation and Continuity in Northern Pakistan$
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Shafqat Hussain

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205558

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205558.001.0001

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The Origin of a Nation

The Origin of a Nation

Hunza and Postcolonial Identity

(p.108) Chapter 5 The Origin of a Nation
Remoteness and Modernity

Shafqat Hussain

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the state of Hunza after the partition of India which formed the sovereignty of Pakistan in 1947. It also examines the region's representation as a marginal but remote place within Pakistani geopolitical nationalism. During this period, the region was characterized as a place that harbored the origins of the mythical Pakistani nation. Hunza became the indigenous face of the modern Pakistani nation-state. In the development discourse, Hunza is constructed as an economically marginal region because of its geographical distance from centers of political and economic power, its minority ethnic status, and its harsh climate. On the other hand, the economic development discourse is pushed by the global Ismaili development institutions (GIDIs), a set of nongovernment organizations working for the social, cultural, and economic uplift of the Ismaili community around the world. The chapter looks into how GIDIs divides Hunza into central and remote areas.

Keywords:   Hunza, partition of India, India, Pakistan, Pakistani geopolitical nationalism, marginal region, global Ismaili development institutions, Ismaili community

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