This book re-examines the multifaceted reality of the Kashmir problem. The state of Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India soon after India’s partition. Pakistan laid claim to it waged wars with India to wrest it. The various decisions taken by the USA and Britain in conjunction with India and Pakistan as to how Kashmir should be governed are discussed.
Studying the spread of communism, the book makes extensive use of primary resources available in India and the UK. The principal object of the author is to locate conflict in Kashmir within the international politics of the time, during the Cold War, and especially in the context of India’s relationship with the UK.
The narratives of the discourse throw light on the varied and salient features of the problem. These have been enriched by an in-depth analysis based on the writings, notes and correspondence of distinguished British and Indian politicians and statesmen. The author has also consulted public documents on US foreign relations as well as other studies. This study explores myths about the Kashmir problem, reinforcing known and unknown truths.
This volume will be useful to those in politics and international relations, security and military studies, defence and strategy studies, modern history, as well as to policymakers and government officials.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction I — Jammu and Kashmir: Post-colonial Relations 1. Jammu and Kashmir: Geopolitical and Strategic Position and Anglo-US Involvement 2. The Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India 3. Plebiscite 4. The Kashmir Question in the Security Council II – Cold War Politics and India’s Relations with the West 5. Beginning of the Cold War and the United States and India 6. Britain and India: Post-colonial Relations III – Dialogues of Hope 7. Indo-Pak Dialogue on Kashmir Epilogue Bibliography Index
D. N. Panigrahi was formerly Visiting Professor, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. He has been Professor of History with NCERT, New Delhi, Director, Parliament Research Service, Parliament House, New Delhi, and a lecturer at the University of Delhi. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and has published six books, including India’s Partition: the Story of Imperialism in Retreat (2004) and G. B. Pant: a Profile in Courage (1988).