Kashmir 1947 : Rival Versions of History
Kashmir is one of the most intensely disputed regions of the world. Lying between India and Pakistan, it was acceeded to India by the British when they left in 1947; however, with a majority Muslim population, many Kashmiris and Pakistanis felt that it should have become a part of Pakistan. A continual source of conflict, in late 2002, with troups aligned on the borders, the prospect of a possible nuclear war was only narrowly avoided. In this work, Prem Jha provides a virtually day-to-day account of the critical times when the fate of Kashmir was decided in the context of Britain's geo-political strategies. Drawing on personal accounts by the main players in the events of 1947, he examines the contrasting versions of history that have emerged since that time. Offering insights into the volatility of politics in the Indian subcontinent, this is a valuable study for anyone interested in the history of the region.
- Paperback | 200 pages
- 135 x 215mm
- 19 Dec 2003
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
About Prem Shankar Jha
Prem Shankar Jha is a columnist and former editor of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi's main morning daily. He has worked as a consultant to the UN Centre for Human settlements and the World Bank. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the University of Virginia. His books include India a Political Economy of Stagnation (OUP, 1980), In the Eye of the Cyclone: The Crisis in Indian Democracy (Viking, 1993), and Kashmir 1947: Rival Versions of History (OUP, 1996).