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Kashmir in the CrossfireKashmir in the Crossfire

IB Tauris, 1996

‘A brilliantly detailed journey through the complex history of Jammu and Kashmir’, Literary Review

Excerpt:

As the insurgency in the valley gained momentum, the acts of sabotage increased in frequency and intensity. The police and security forces reacted violently, often at the expense of innocent civilians who were caught in the crossfire. Every youth in Kashmir came to be regarded as a potential militant. Reports of human rights abuses began to hit the headlines world-wide. Stories emerged of torture, rape and indiscriminate killing. Although the insurgents seemed to have no long-term strategy, they appeared to hope that the repression of the Indian authorities in the valley would attract international attention which would take note of what they believed to be their ‘just cause’ and oblige the Indian government to relinquish control of the valley.

[Chapter 14, Closure of the Vale, 1990, p. 237]

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