- May 2014
I really do wonder--if British India would have lost the Pashtun and Baloch areas, would Pakistan have been anywhere near as viable as it was in real life? For instance, if there would have still been a partition of India and Bangladesh would have still seceded later on (possibly with the help of India), might Sindhis in this scenario decide that they don't want to live under Punjabi domination (which would be even more severe in this scenario due to the lack of Baloch and especially Pashtun counterbalance) and thus start a rebellion and ask India for help?Thanks for the input everyone!
Couldn't the Hindu-Muslim divide have been overcome by creating a more decentralized federal model for India with more regional autonomy and less focus on one strong national identity? Wouldn't this have prevented the emergence of two competing national identities, which at least in the case of the Muslims didn't exist before in that way. Would it have helped if there were less Muslims in India (let's say if the Pashtun and Baloch areas were lost to Afghanistan after a disastrous WW1 and Third Anglo-Afghan War)?
Also, why did the unionist parties in Punjab and Sindh - who could have averted partition - lose the big support that they once had?