Good posts by Ramana ji and Johann ji, many people are not aware of the background of what is happening today, here is Blunt's book online:http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17213/17 ... 7213-h.htm
When Historical Continuity (according to my presented hypothesis/theory in GDF Harmonization/Homogenization thread) is broken, it takes a relatively long time to heal for a large system. The Arab-Turk dynamics in breaking up of Ottoman empire (UK and France to a lesser extent took the lead in this effort and took the spoils as victors in Sykes Picot agreement) has created instability (rise of Arab Wahabi/brotherhood led political Islam), oil wealth excerbated it and possibly played an indirect role to break the continuity of the sub-continent and the Arab resurgence in Muslim consciousness continues to play a role. Relative impoverishment of the sub-continent population under the British probably also plays a large role in this continued instability I believe. But breaking of the Historical Continuity of the sub-continent also gave rise to other related instabilities as well.
So my emphasis always not to plan on breaking Historical Continuity of any large system if it can be avoided, because one never knows what hellish monster will arise from that instability.
That said Political Islam is an aberration for Muslims and their history (not that there is a glorious unblemished history), Arab resurgence is an aberration as well and Partition and two nation theory is an aberration in the history of the sub-continent. Unfortunately, aberrations, left alone, become the permanent and establish itself as the new reality till even newer realities replaces them in evolutionary process or violent convulsions.
The challenge for humanity is to find the evolutionary process of change and avoid the violent convulsions, to minimize human suffering and pain. For those few of us who sit in comfort and theorize, there are millions of others who continue to suffer from human created instabilities that affect their daily lives. We cannot change our past, but we can learn from our past and I believe, we definitely have the power to determine our future.