Kashmir in Conflict - India, Pakistan and the Unending War

Kashmir in Conflict - India, Pakistan and the Unending War (English, Paperback, Schofield Victoria)

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Kashmir in Conflict - India, Pakistan and the Unending War  (English, Paperback, Schofield Victoria)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9781848851054, 1848851057
    • Pages: 336
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    After 20 years of insurgency, Kashmir continues to be a major flashpoint and decisive factor in destabilizing regional relations. Resolving the dispute over the state of Jammu and Kashmir is crucial to achieving peace and stability, without which the US Af-Pak strategy is unlikely to succeed With international eyes focused on South Asia, understanding what is at stake in Kashmir has never been more important. For decades, the dispute over the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, has determined much of Pakistan’s and India’s foreign policy. With the state, located between two nuclear-armed nations and India blaming Pakistani militants for the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, the potentially wider implications of the conflict are higher than ever on the international agenda.

    This fully updated edition of Kashmir in Conflict offers a highly readable, carefully documented account of the origins, development and implications of this contentious issue. Beginning with the early history of the independent kingdom of Kashmir, Victoria Schofield traces the origins of the modern state in the nineteenth century, including the controversial ‘sale’ by the British of predominantly Muslim Kashmir to a Hindu ruler. She examines the implications for the people when in 1947 the Maharaja chose secular, yet majority Hindu, India over Muslim Pakistan and shows why the neighbouring countries continue to argue over the status of Jammu and Kashmir which, according to recommendations passed by the UN, was to be determined by the will of the people.

    Drawing upon research in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Pakistan, and a range of historical sources, Schofield analyses critically the actions of the key players who, throughout its history, have contributed to the current militarization of the valley. And with the help of numerous interviews she takes into account the hopes and fears of all the interested parties — Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are themselves divided, not only by their linguistic and cultural traditions, but also in their objectives.

    About the Author
    Victoria Schofield is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The United Nations (1984), Every Rock, Every Hill: The Plain Tale of the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan (1987), Bhutto: Trial and Execution (1990), Kashmir in the Crossfire (I.B.Tauris, 1996) and Afghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2010)

    Table of Contents
    • Introducing Kashmir
    • Independence
    • Accession
    • Special status
    • Diplomacy and war
    • Bravado and despair
    • Vale of tears
    • Hearts and minds
    • Conflict or consensues?
    • New century, New vision?
    • The peace process
    • Glossary
    • Notes
    • Select bibliography
    • Index
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    • I.B.Tauris
    Publication Year
    • June
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    • Victoria Schofield is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The United Nations (1984), Every Rock, Every Hill: The Plain Tale of the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan (1987), Bhutto: Trial and Execution (1990), Kashmir in the Crossfire (I.B.Tauris, 1996) and Afghan Frontier: At the Crossroads of Conflict (Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2010)
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    • 156 mm
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    One of the best accounts on Kashmir

    I have read many articles and books on the Kashmir dispute and i must say that this is one of the best and most widely researched unbiased outsider's viewpoint about the Kashmir issue where both sides of the border are shown equally responsible for the mess that is Kashmir today. the narrative is easy , fluid and well researched.
    The highlight of this book is that it is 'UNBIASED'. Many other books i have read on this subject either leans towards Muslim extremism or Hindu fundamentalism. Thou...
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