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Kashmir - Behind the Vale
Kashmir - Behind the Vale

Kashmir - Behind the Vale

by M J Akbar

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Language

English

Publisher

Roli Books

ISBN

8174362509 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 232

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Paperback

M J Akbar
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Author: M J Akbar
Publisher: Roli Books
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 232
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174362509

Description

Placing the mistakes and triumphs of early formative years in the perspective of history, this book goes on to explain how the 1980s have opened the way for Kashmir's hitherto marginalized secessionists.

Kashmir lies at the edge of India’s borders and at the heart of India’s consciousness. It is not geography that is the issue; Kashmir also guards the frontiers of ideology. If there was a glow of hope in the deepening shadows of a bitter Partition, then it was Kashmir, whose people consciously rejected the false patriotism of fundamentalism and made common cause with secular India instead of theocratic Pakistan. Kashmir was, as Sheikh Abdullah said and Jawaharlal Nehru believed, a stabilizing force for India. Why has that harmony disintegrated ? Why has the promise been stained by the blood of rebellion?

M.J. Akbar, the celebrated author of India: the Siege Within, Nehru: The Making of India, Riot After Riot and The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict between Islam and Christianity delves deep into the past for the roots of Kashmiriyat, the identity and culture that has blossomed within the ring of mountains for thousands of years. He records Kashmir’s struggle in the century to first free itself from feudal oppression and then enter the world of modern India in 1947. Placing the mistakes and triumphs of those early, formative years in the perspective of history, the author goes on to explain how the 1980s have opened the way for Kashmir’s hitherto marginalized secessionists. Both victory and defeat have their lesions; to forget either is to destabilize the future. Kashmir and the mother country are inextricably linked. India cannot afford to be defeated in her Kashmir.

Contents

Author's Note
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. THE RIPPLES OF FALLING EMPIRES

2. LOVE, POLITICS AND OTHER TRAGEDIES

3. COLD BLOOD

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