The Crisis in Kashmir

The Crisis in Kashmir : Portents of War, Hopes of Peace

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This book traces the origins of the insurgency that has wracked the Indian-controlled portion (about two-thirds) of Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. The most complete, and the first theoretically grounded account, it is based on extensive interviews. Professor Ganguly's central argument is that the insurgency can be explained by the interlinked processes of political mobilisation and institutional decay. In an attempt to woo the citizens of India's only Muslim-majority state, the national government dramatically helped expand literacy, mass media, and higher education in Jammu and Kashmir. These processes produced a generation of Kashmiris who were politically knowledgeable and sophisticated. Simultaneously, the national government in New Delhi, fearful of potential secessionist proclivities amongst the Kashmiris, systematically stultified the development of political institutions in the state. Unable to express dissent in an institutional context, this new generation of Kashmiris resorted to violence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 203 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 18mm | 440g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Maps; 2 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521590663
  • 9780521590662

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Maps; 1. The Kashmir conundrum; 2. Political mobilization and the onset of the insurgency; 3. The past as contrast; or, the dog that didn't bark; 4. Another war and Mrs. Gandhi's legacy; 5. The proximate causes: the Rajiv-Farooq accord and the outbreak of the insurgency; 6. The crisis worsens; 7. Strategies and options for resolving the crisis; Epilogue; Appendices; Index.
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'Scholarly discourse on Kashmir is mostly confined to two broad schools of thought: one favours the Indian-held Muslim majority province's goal of secession from India, while the other confronts the issue of secessionism and its legality, with the aim, very often, of providing support for the purpose of keeping Kashmir in the Indian federation. umit Ganguly's Crisis in Kashmir is a welcome departure from the dual approach to the problem. ... The core of the book is a balanced picture of the ongoing Kashmiri uprising since the late 1980s. What I found especially interesting is the chapter on strategies and Options for Resolving the Crisis. Ganguly's book is also noteworthy for the inclusion in the appendix of four important documents that have shaped the history of modern Kashmir.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 'This volume represents social science at its best.' Foreign Affairs 'The conflict in Kashmir ... has precipitated two interstate wars and retains the potential to be the cause of another - this time between a nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. umit Ganguly's brief study provides a dispassionate examination of the conflict.' Current History 'Ganguly's book is a cool, controlled survey of Kashmir's recent political history, expressed in the vocabulary of political mobilization theory, followed by a review of feasible solutions.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Essential for India specialists, political scientists, ethnicists, international theorists, and all levels of students, it can also be appreciated by general readers.' Choice ' umit Ganguly has produced the fullest account yet of the causes and character of the Kashmir rebellion on the 1990s. Without dogma or predisposition, his analysis illuminates the sources and structure of a neglected, dangerous conflict.' Washington Post "Like an investigative journalist, Ganguly has gotten into the trenches and his account is the result of extensive interviews with government officials, Kashmiri activists and militants, the media, members of nongovernmental organizations, and military personnel both in India and in Pakistan as well as those in the United States. Consequently, The Crisis in Kashmir is perhaps the most exhaustive contemporary study of the Kasmir dispute....Ganguly's book is recommended reading for any student of the Kashmir crisis." Aziz Haniffa, India Abroad "This volume represents social science at its best. It is a detailed case study of the Kashmiri insurgency...based on extensive interviews with government officials, Kashmiri activists, journalists, and military personnel....The volume concludes with some sensible recommendations for moving toward a resolution of the crises." Foreign Affairs "Both as an old fashioned narrative and as a rigorous theoretical endeavour it is outstanding." Outlook "This volume represents social science at its best. It is a detailed case study..." Foreign Affairs " excellent teaching resource....Essential for India specialists, political scientists, ethnicists, international theorists, and all levels of students, it can also be appreciated by general readers." R. Khator, Choice "Sumit Ganguly's thoughtful Crisis in Kashmir analyzes political events in Kashmir since 1947 particularly well...Ganguly's book offers insightful surveys of the theoretical literature on ethnopolitical mobilization, political developments in Kashmir, and possible options and strategies for the Indian Government to follow." International Journal of Hindu Studies
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About Sumit Ganguly

Sumit Ganguly is the Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indiana Cultures and Civilizations and Director of the India Studies Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is an expert on the international relations of the countries of South Asia; ethnic, nationalist, and religious violence; and nuclear politics.
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