Independent Kashmir: An Incomplete Aspiration (Hardback)Christopher Snedden (author)
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Charting a complex history and intense geo-political rivalry from Maharaja Hari Singh's leadership in the mid-1920s to the present, this book offers an essential insight into the disputes that have shaped the region. As tensions continue to rise following government-imposed COVID-19 lockdowns, Snedden asks a vital question: what might independence look like and just how realistic is this aspiration?
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 456
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Mridu Rai, Professor of History, Presidency University, Kolkata
'In a work that is bound to be fiercely debated, Snedden undertakes a challenging journey through the complexities of Kashmiri identity, the elusive concept of "azadi," and the uncertainties surrounding the combination of the two.'
Rajesh Basrur, Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and author of Rising India: Status and Power
'A thought-provoking exploration of Kashmiris' aspirations for independence (in different forms) over time, of the historic circumstances that helped to create this situation and of the one thing on which India and Pakistan agree - that it must not happen.'
Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
'A masterly account of the demand for independence in the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Drawing upon extensive primary sources, Christopher Snedden explains how the struggle - rooted primarily in the Kashmir valley - originated centuries ago because of the region's unique location and cultural history, and why it remains a mirage.'
Victoria Schofield, biographer, historian, author of Kashmir in Conflict, India, Pakistan and the Unending War -- .
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