Major General Arjun Ray Is What In Army Parlance, Is Called A 'Thinking Soldier', And In His Book, First By A Serving Officer, Trudges A Thin Line Between Classified Information And Subtle Dissent. You Have To Read Between The Lines' . India Today Major General Arjun Ray'S Book Was A Big Media Event. Never Before Had A Serving General Written A First-Hand Account Of A Current Sensitive Military Campaign In Jammu & Kashmir. Sunday Major General Ray Has Drawn Attention To The Four Core Issues: That The People Of Kashmir Are The Centre Of Gravity, Not The Militants; Low Intensity Conflict Encompasses A Three-Dimensional Thrust-The Government, The People And The Security Forces; In Militancy Who Is Right And Who Is Wrong Is Irrelevant And Ultimately What Matters Is How The People Perceive Something To Be Right Or Wrong. Indian Express
The Routledge Handbook of Critical Kashmir Studies presents emerging critical knowledge frameworks and perspectives that foreground situated histories and resistance practices to challenge colonial and postcolonial forms of governance and state building. It politicizes discourses of nationalism, patriotism, democracy, and liberalism, and it questions how these dominant globalist imaginaries and discourses serve institutionalized power, create hegemony, and normalize domination. In doing so, the handbook situates Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship within global scholarly conversations on nationalism, sovereignty, indigenous movements, human rights, and international law. The handbook is organized into the following five parts: Territories, Homelands, Borders Militarism, Humanism, Occupation Memories, Futures, Imaginations Religion, History, Politics Armed Conflict, Global War, Transnational Solidarities A comprehensive reference work documenting and consolidating the growing Critical Kashmir Studies scholarship, this handbook will be of interest to scholars of anthropology, political science, cultural studies, legal and sociolegal studies, sociology, history, critical Indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, and feminist studies.
‘A beautifully written, meticulously researched journey through time in Kashmir’ – Basharat Peer The very name Kashmir conjures up magical images, from the real garden paradise of Shalimar to Thomas Moore’s fantastic descriptions in “Lalla Rookh”. Recounting the story of this colourful and fascinating region as it appears in travel writing, literature, and historical works from ancient times to the present day, Travels in Kashmir offers a lively and comprehensive guide to a land little understood in the West. Beginning with an informal history of Kashmir – from the legends of the twelfth-century Kalhana to the accounts of British colonial rulers – the book brings together a wide variety of engaging travellers’ tales, reports, and descriptions that vividly illustrate the changing perceptions of the area – both Indian and European – throughout the years. Of particular interest is a section on the arts, crafts, and craftspeople of Kashmir, which focuses specifically on the shawl-weaving, carpet-making, and papier mâché works that have gained international renown. Throughout, Keenan proves a sharp as well as sympathetic observer with an eye for the amusing and the poignant, and the entertaining way she unfolds the story of Kashmir’s people, places, and crafts makes this a book that will be enjoyed by tourists, readers of travel writing, and anyone interested in one of the most unusual and beautiful places in the world.
Traces The Journey Of The Land And People From Ancient To The Modern Day. Captures The Factors For The Decline Of Kashmiri Civilization From Glory To The Present State Of Murder And Repire. The Author Hopes The Worst Is Over And The Old Practices Of Kashmiriyat Will Return.
India, which had been created as a civic polity, initially sought to hold on to this Muslim-majority state to demonstrate its secular credentials. Pakistan, in turn, had laid claim to Kashmir because it had been created as the homeland for the Muslims of South Asia. After the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 the Pakistani irredentist claim to Kashmir lost substantial ground. If Pakistan could not cohere on the basis of religion alone it had few moral claims on its co-religionists in Kashmir. Similarly, in the 1980s, as the practice of Indian secularism was eroded, India's claim to Kashmir on the grounds of secularism largely came apart. Today their respective claims to Kashmir are mostly on the basis of statecraft. This title provides a comprehensive assessment of a number of different facets of the on-going dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Among other matters, it examines the respective endgames of both states, the evolution of American policy toward the dispute, the dangers of nuclear esculation in the region and the state of the insurgency in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed state.
Madmen. Militants. Military. What are they fighting for? Discover Kashmir, a place of immense beauty and great tragedy. In this heartbreaking book, American storyteller Farhana Qazi takes you inside Kashmir, the world's most militarized zone and "Paradise on earth" to tell the true, emotional stories of women (and men) trapped by decades of conflict. In this incredible journey, Qazi examines conflict from both sides of the contested border, moving across mountains in India and Pakistan to bring you the secrets of an unforgettable people. This book sheds light on the "forever" conflict with descriptive prose and stories of women (and men) struggling to survive the brutalities of war. Qazi interviews the visible women of Kashmir: political activists, peacemakers, protestors, and ex-prisoners. These women all have one thing in common: they demand change to the Indian occupation of eight million people. Women deserve basic civil liberties and the right to human security. Like their men, women are calling for an end to torture, communication blackouts, curfews, and lockdown. These women are not the silent sufferers of war but the brave activists determined to bring peace to the valley. The inspiring examples of women, who choose non-violent resistance, are a testimony of their strength and solidarity. This collection traces the lives, passions, and roles of women as they fight for self-determination. PRAISE FOR THE BOOK "A brilliant read." - Ambassador Prudence Bushnell "This powerful book provides emotional insight into this divided region." -- Ross Kaufman, Academy Award-winning Filmmaker "Qazi brings the colors, smells, people and politics of Kashmir to life. The only thing more enlightening would be to travel there yourself." — Porter Fox, Editor Of The Award-Winning Nowhere Magazine "Farhana Qazi, a Texan of Pakistani descent, has written a shimmering book about her encounters with the women of Kashmir, starting with her own mother, who joined the Pakistani Army to fight for Kashmir. Qazi travelled to this land of haunting beauty to interview activists and advisors, protestors and politicians, mothers and martyrs, educators and entertainers, and more. The result is a moving journey through what has been called "the most beautiful prison in the world." — Deborah Scroggins, Award-Winning Journalist “An American woman sets out on a journey to understand one of Asia’s longest running wars and the role of women within it. Farhana’s bravery, open-mindedness, intelligence and tenacity take her into danger, real lives, raw emotions and ultimately discovery. This is a book that must be read by those who wish to deeply understand the motivations, lives and thoughts behind women in Kashmir." --Robert Young Pelton, Author & Documentary Filmmaker “Farhana Qazi's brilliant book combines her unique personal experience with her deep knowledge of the region, its people and its culture to tell us a story far more informative about today's events than any intelligence brief. And it is beautifully written--a joy to read.” --Brian Michael Jenkins, Counter-Terrorism Expert “Secrets of the Valley is an important book that unveils the quintessential role of women in one of the most contested areas of the world. It is a deeply touching and personal story that pulls us closer to the women and men in Kashmir.” --Seth G. Jones, Director, Transnational Threats Project, The Center For Strategic & International Studies “Farhana gives us an extraordinarily different perspective with a focus on women. For anyone who wishes to understand this land of poets and mystics, this is essential reading.” --Akbar Ahmed, Author, Playwright & Former Diplomat