28 September, 2020

Key To A Locked Land

A deft unravelling of the multi-layered complexities of Kashmir marred by a few oversimplifications.

Key To A Locked Land
Whilst the 60-year-old Kashmir "dispute" has produced innumerable studies from an array of perspectives by academics, social activists, journalists and even politicians, My Kashmir is the first one by a highly regarded civil servant who has served long years in that troubled state. This experience has not only given him in-depth knowledge of the history, politics, culture and economy of the place and its people but more significantly a sympathetic understanding of the complexities of Kashmiri angst and aspiration.

With these impeccable credentials, Wajahat Habibullah’s book seeks to cover a wide range of issues including the historical springs of the conflict, its socio-religious dimensions, Centre-state machinations, civilian and military governance, India-Pakistan dialogues, international nuances and development options. An ambitious task indeed and more so when it is confined within a brief 172 pages. Habibullah has lived up to the challenge in substantial measure, but such a wide sweep contains its own pitfalls—his analysis of various...



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