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Kashmir in Conflict

Kashmir in Conflict

 

 

 

Kashmir in Conflict Kashmir in Conflict

IB Tauris, 2000 , 2003 and 2010

'Schofield succeeds admirably by keeping the plight of ordinary Kashmiris to the fore. Her account of a decades-long still unfinished insurgency is scrupulous.'
The Independent.

'One of the best general introductions to what a well-briefed Bill Clinton described as the most dangerous place on earth.'
New Statesman.

Excerpt:

The Kashmiri conflict remains both a struggle for land as well as about the rights of people to determine their future. To date, no consensus has been reached between India and Pakistan, nor with the people, on the future of the state, merely an unacknowledged status quo, to which there appears to be a curious attachment lest any alteration cause even greater trauma to the region. In addition, there is still no obvious ‘collective’ will amongst the heterogeneous inhabitants of the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, whose state has now been divided for over half as long as it was ever a unified whole. In the crossfire of multiple objectives remain the lives, and sadly often violent deaths of men, women and children who have been caught up in a deadly war of words and weapons, which seems unending. As I have often been told during my years of research on Kashmir, ‘You cannot talk about Kashmir as a dispute between two nations. It is a conflict because we – the Kashmiris – are in the middle.’

[Preface, p. xv]

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