Jammu and Kashmir: 1990 and Beyond: Competitive Politics in the Shadow of Separatism


Author: Rekha Chowdhary

9789353282318 | HB | 2019 | pp. 328 | SAGE

This book, part of the SAGE Series on Politics in Indian States, aims to provide a comprehensive presentation of the politics of Jammu and Kashmir from 1990 right up to the current times.

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The book aims to provide a comprehensive presentation of the politics of Jammu and Kashmir from 1990 right up to the current times. The book begins with the history of the state from the time of its accession to India to the onset of separatism and militancy around 1989. It covers the upheavals experienced due to militancy and the major shifts in the state’s competitive politics. The book provides complete coverage and analysis of each election since 1996 with extensive electoral data—across the state and region-wise. It highlights the success of democratic politics in the period 2002–2014, principally due to effective separation of the democratic sphere of ‘politics of governance’ and the separatist sphere of ‘politics of conflict resolution’.

This is the second book in the SAGE Series on Politics in Indian States, which comprises volumes covering important trends in the politics of major states of India since the 1990s. The series situates the state politics in the larger socio-historical context and presents a detailed analysis of the significant patterns of competitive politics in the state in the light of the rise of new social forces and changing political economy.

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About the Author

The author served at the University of Jammu as Professor of Political Science till 2013. Since her superannuation, she has been Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow and Fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Earlier, she was a Fulbright Scholar at South Asia Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University, Washington, DC (2005); Commonwealth Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House (QEH), University of Oxford (1997–1998); and Fellow of South Asian Visiting Scholar Programme (SAVSP) at QEH, Oxford (1992–1993). She has been working on Jammu and Kashmir and dealing with issues related to identity politics, ethnicity, nationalism, conflict and peace process, and democratic politics. Following the developments in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three decades, she has been writing extensively about the changing trends in militancy and separatism and the competitive politics in leading national and international journals.


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