Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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In 2002, nuclear-armed adversaries India and Pakistan mobilized for war over the long-disputed territory of Kashmir, sparking panic around the world. Drawing on extensive firsthand experience in the contested region, Sumantra Bose reveals how the conflict became a grave threat to South Asia and the world and suggests feasible steps toward peace.

Though the roots of conflict lie in the end of empire and the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, the contemporary problem owes more to subsequent developments, particularly the severe authoritarianism of Indian rule. Deadly dimensions have been added since 1990 with the rise of a Kashmiri independence movement and guerrilla war waged by Islamist groups. Bose explains the intricate mix of regional, ethnic, linguistic, religious, and caste communities that populate Kashmir, and emphasizes that a viable framework for peace must take into account the sovereignty concerns of India and Pakistan and popular aspirations to self-rule as well as conflicting loyalties within Kashmir. He calls for the establishment of inclusive, representative political structures in Indian Kashmir, and cross-border links between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir. Bose also invokes compelling comparisons to other cases, particularly the peace-building framework in Northern Ireland, which offers important lessons for a settlement in Kashmir.

The Western world has not fully appreciated the desperate tragedy of Kashmir: between 1989 and 2003 violence claimed up to 80,000 lives. Informative, balanced, and accessible, "Kashmir" is vital reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the world's most dangerous conflicts.

  

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Informative overview of the Kashmir conflict, inlcuding history and potential resolutions. Includes substantial comparison with Northern Ireland conflict (possibly drawing too close parallels at points). Well written and readable. Read full review

Kashmir: roots of conflict, paths to peace

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To acquire another study relating the bloodshed in Kashmir is unremarkable, and to read another book listing the long litany of charge and countercharge made by India and Pakistan over Kashmir ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ORIGINS OF THE CONFLICT
14
THE KASHMIRINDIA DEBACLE
44
THE WAR IN KASHMIR
102
SOVEREIGNTY IN DISPUTE
164
PATHWAYS TO PEACE
201
NOTES
267
GLOSSARY
291
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
299
INDEX
301
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About the author (2009)

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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