India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad: The Covert War in Kashmir, 1947-2004, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad

The Covert War in Kashmir, 1947-2004, 1st Edition

By Praveen Swami


272 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad explores the history of jihadist violence in Kashmir, and argues that the violent conflict which exploded after 1990 was not a historical discontinuity, but, rather, an escalation of what was by then a five-decade old secret war.

Praveen Swami addresses three key issues:

  • the history of jihadist violence in Jammu and Kashmir, which is examined as it evolved from 1947-48 onwards
  • the impact of the secret jihad on Indian policy-making on Jammu and Kashmir, and its influence on political life within the state
  • why the jihad in Jammu and Kashmir acquired such intensity in 1990.

This new work will be of much interest to students of the India-Pakistan conflict, South Asian politics and security studies in general.


'…it reads like a spy thriller…an indispensable book for anyone seeking a well-researched and readable account of the Kashmir issue.'

Nitin Pai, Editor, Pragati

'For anyone who is interested in the history of South Asian security, this book is a must-read. First published in 2007, this book is unique in its findings, exceptional in its sources, and creative in its narration (even though excessively descriptive at times).'

- Avinash Paliwal King’s College London

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Informal War 3. The Master Cell 4. Al-Fatah 5. Years of Retreat and Revival 6. The War of Many Fronts 7. The Nuclear Jihad 8. Towards Peace

About the Author

Praveen Swami is Chief of Bureau and Deputy Editor of Frontline Magazine, New Delhi, where he has covered the insurgencies in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, as well as defence, intelligence and internal-security related issues. He has published several articles in academic journals on the subject of the jihadist war.

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / Military / Other
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism