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

ISBN 9780415648462
Published November 8, 2013 by Routledge
272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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 

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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.


' reads like a spy 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