Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through A Realist Lens

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Author: Verghese Koithara

9780761932628 | PB | pp. 316 | 2004 | SAGE

This book challenges the dominant and prevailing view that the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is essentially beyond solution. This book examines a contrary hypothesis that such a view, though widely held, is unjustified.

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The chronic conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has generated a great deal of scholarly and popular literature. The dominant and prevailing view is that the conflict is essentially beyond solution. This book examines a contrary hypothesis that such a view, though widely held, is unjustified. In this regard the author presents a realist study of the possibilities of bringing peace to Kashmir and compares it with three relevant, protracted and violent conflicts elsewhere in the world.

The author argues cogently that the main difficulty with regard to resolving the conflict in Kashmir lies not in the stakes involved, but in the patterns of attitude and behaviour that have developed over the years. The `structure` of the conflict is actually more capable of being resolved today than is generally believed, maintains the author. Through an analysis of the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Palestine, he provides a useful perspective on conflict dynamics and how conflict resolution can be more realistically sought through a `peace strategy` rather than a `war strategy`.

The author:
– Looks at the history and the current context of the India-Pakistan conflict through a lens of political realism.
– Draws relevant parallels between the India-Pakistan conflict and the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Palestine with regard to both the evolution of the conflicts and peace efforts.
– Presents reasons why a durable peace—based on the Line of Control becoming the settled border and the two parts of Jammu & Kashmir being given parallel and substantial autonomy—can be achieved in today`s conditions.

Additional information

Author:

Verghese Koithara

ISBN:

9780761932628

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

316

Year of Publishing:

2004

Publisher:

SAGE

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author is an independent strategic analyst whose previous books include Crafting Peace in Kashmir: Through a Realist Lens and Society, State and Security: The Indian Experience. He retired from the Indian Navy as a Vice Admiral in 1998.

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