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Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace

by Sumantra Bose

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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674018176, Paperback)

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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"In 2002, nuclear-armed adversaries India and Pakistan mobilized for war once again over the long-disputed territory of Kashmir, raising alarm around the globe. Drawing on extensive firsthand experience in the contested region, Sumantra Bose examines 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 partition of the subcontinent, the contemporary problem owes more to subsequent developments, including the severe authoritarianism of Indian rule; the intricate mix of ethinic, religious, and caste communities that hinders easy solutions; the rise of a Kashmiri independence movement; and the ravages of guerrilla war waged by Islamist groups since 1990. Bose emphasizes that a viable framework for peace must address the sovereignty concerns of both India and Pakistan and take into account conflicting local loyalties and popular aspirations for self-rule. He invokes compelling comparisons to other global hotspots, especially Northern Ireland, that may offer important lessons for a settlement in Kashmir. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the world's most dangerous conflicts."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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