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The Crisis in Kashmir : Portents of War, Hopes of Peace - Sumit Ganguly

The Crisis in Kashmir

Portents of War, Hopes of Peace

Hardcover Published: 28th March 1997
ISBN: 9780521590662
Number Of Pages: 203

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This book traces the origins of the insurgency in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. The first theoretically-grounded account, and the most complete, it is based on extensive interviews. Ganguly's central argument is that the insurgency can be explained by political mobilization and institutional decay. In an attempt to woo the Muslims, the government dramatically expanded literacy, mass media, and higher education. Meanwhile, fearing potential secessionist proclivities, it stifled the development of political institutions. Unable to express dissent in an institutional context, the Kashmiris resorted to violence.

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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.' 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

The Kashmir conundrum
Political mobilization and the onset of the insurgency
The past as contrast; or, the dog that didn't bark
Another war and Mrs. Gandhi's legacy
The proximate causes: the Rajiv-Farooq accord and the outbreak of the insurgency
The crisis worsens
Strategies and options for resolving the crisis
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ISBN: 9780521590662
ISBN-10: 0521590663
Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 28th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.75  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43