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Author: Praveen Swami
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780415404594
This book explores the history of jihadist groups in Jammu and Kashmir, documenting the course of their activities and their changing character from 1947 to 2004. Drawing on new material, including classified Indian intelligence dossiers and records, Praveen Swami shows that jihadist violence was not, as is widely assumed, a phenomenon that manifested itself in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir only after 1988. Rather, a welter of jihadist groups waged a sustained campaign against India rule in Jammu and Kashmir from the outset, after the partition of India.
This book first analyses the ideology and practice of Islamist as it changed and evolved from 1947-1948 onwards. It subsequently discusses the impact of the secret jihad on Indian policy making on Jammu and Kashmir, as well as its influence on political life within the state. Finally, looking at some of the reasons why the jihad in Jammu and Kashmir acquired such intensity in 1990, the author suggests that the answers lie in the transfiguration of the strategic environment in South Asia by the nuclear weapons programmes of India and Pakistan.
As such, the book argues, the violent conflict which exploded in these two regions after 1990 was not a historical discontinuity: it was, instead, an escalated from of what was by then a five-decade old secret war.
This new work will be of much interest to students of the India-Pakistan conflict, South Asian politics and security studies in general.
Praveen Swami is New Delhi chief of Bureau for Frontline magazine, and writes on Security and intelligence-related issues. He has reported on the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as other low-intensity conflicts in India, for over a decade.
1. A house on a hill
2. The informal war
3. The master cell
4. Al - Fatah
5. Years of retreat and revival
6. The war of many fronts
7. The nuclear jihad
8. Towards peace?