About the book
Kashmir has been in turmoil for the past three decades or so. The state of dissatisfaction in that part of a free, democratic, and secular Indian nation is somewhat perplexing development. The answer is not straightforward. There are many layers of kaleidoscopic events that have marred the Kashmir scene. Kashmir Valley is, in fact, a small part of Jammu and Kashmir, hosting the majority of the population of the state for the past seven decades. It all began with the invasion of Kashmir by Pakistan-instigated marauders in violation of the standstill agreement signed by Pakistan with the then ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh. Kashmir then sought the safety of the Indian Union. For the next three decades, they prospered under more or less self-governance with the Union`s full support. The sense of stability and security lulled Delhi into complacency. Instead of consolidating the democratization of the society, the Union displayed a callous overlook of Pakistan`s overt and covert instigation of the Kashmiri people with a promise of Islamic way of life and great rewards that would accompany that. The Union`s political apathy and endorsement of massive corruption among its local favorites reinforced the people`s alienation from democratic India. Lastly, over the two decades or so, the situation gradually slipped from a separatist insurgency into an extremist jihadi- radicalization of the younger generation. Delhi used force to keep Kashmir in control. However, it overlooked the importance of offering the right nationalist narrative and follow-up with good governance. It is unfortunate that as the situation went from bad to worse, barring few, there was a minimal formal effort to delve into the roots of the problem. This book fills that gap.