India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad The Covert War in Kashmir, 1947-2004
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.
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
'...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