Across the Line of Control: Inside Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (Hardback)
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Across the Line of Control: Inside Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 01/07/2011
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The Kashmir issue has been a subject of international attention ever since the subcontinent was partitioned in1947. The clash between India and Pakistan over the coveted territory led to the emergence of Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered areas. While the social and political conditions in the former have been widely discussed, even among Kashmir experts there is little knowledge of Pakistan-administered Jammu & Kashmir (PAJK), particularly its political, cultural and social aspects. Luv Puri analyses the crucial pre-Independence social and political processes which resulted in polarization within the state and the violence that wracked the region during Partition. He tracks the effect of those events on Pakistan's Punjab province and the ensuing impact on Pakistan's position on the Jammu & Kashmir issue. The relationship between Pakistan and PAJK is an important aspect of Puri's research. He traces the history of migration from Mirpur to Britain and the Mirpuri diaspora's significant support to the early phase of militancy that arose in Jammu & Kashmir in 1989. This insurgency, which had its base in PAJK, promised independence from both India and Pakistan. The book also discusses the many transformations in the pro-independence struggle from its inception to the present day. Across the LoC: Inside Pakistan-Administered Jammu and Kashmir is a new and original contribution to the body of literature on the region and the role PAJK has played in the larger Jammu & Kashmir tangle.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849041737
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 15 mm


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Across the Line of Control is an in-depth attempt to go beyond the official narrative and comprehend the complex social, economic and political realities of the region. -- Dawn
... nuanced [and] evocative ... [Puri's] work, based, on rare opportunities (for an Indian national) to travel in the region, traverses its historical experience. [He] patiently takes us through the region's colonial experience; the ugly communal fissures which exploded during partition; the complex politics which have seen new castes and social forces compete for influence there. ... Put simply, Puri teaches us that in Jammu and Kashmir, we confront not one unfolding historical crisis but several--each of which needs careful and patient political engagement. -- Praveen Swami, The Book Review
I was struck by the close parallels between the arbitrary and counterproductive ways in which the treatment of Azad Kashmir by the Pakistan government mirrors Delhi's own treatment of the Indian part of Jammu and Kashmir. Puri nicely depicts, among other things, the contribution of the Mirpur diaspora to the JKLF, and the pathos of divided families. -- Ramachandra Guha, author India After Gandhi: the History of the World's Largest Democracy
Much research and writing on the Pakistan-administered section of Jammu and Kashmir is either hortatory or polemical. Luv Puri's book, Across the Line of Control: Inside Pakistan-Administered Jammu and Kashmir is a welcome departure from such accounts. It is carefully researched, cogently argued and historically sound. Journalists, policy analysts and scholars interested in the contemporary politics of this ill-understood region will find this work to be a most useful primer of the subject. -- Sumit Ganguly, Ranbindranath Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University
A timely work given both contemporary political developments in the Kashmir region and the paucity of literature on Azad Kashmir itself. The volume usefully provides an up-to-date analysis of the region along with material on its Muslim diaspora community which forms a significant element of the 'Pakistani' diaspora in Britain. All of these subjects have been relatively under-researched with more emphasis usually being placed on the Kashmir Valley and its inhabitants. This book thus seeks to explain the history of Azad Kashmir since 1947 and to reveal its relations both with the wider Kashmir dispute and the Pakistan state. This understanding is grounded in an analysis which draws on both documentary evidence and personal testimony. -- Ian Talbot, author, Pakistan: A Modern History
A useful and handy contribution to the exiguous literature on a region of the world that has been mostly neglected in the scholarship of the Indo-Pakistani rivalry. -- Sumit Ganguly, H-Diplo

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