The Crisis in Kashmir: Portents of War, Hopes of Peace (Woodrow Wilson Center Press)

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This book traces the origins of the insurgency in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. The first theoretically-grounded account, and the most complete, it is based on extensive interviews. Ganguly's central argument is that the insurgency can be explained by political mobilization and institutional decay. In an attempt to woo the Muslims, the government dramatically expanded literacy, mass media, and higher education. Meanwhile, fearing potential secessionist proclivities, it stifled the development of political institutions. Unable to express dissent in an institutional context, the Kashmiris resorted to violence.

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Sumit Ganguly is the Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indiana Cultures and Civilizations and Director of the India Studies Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is an expert on the international relations of the countries of South Asia; ethnic, nationalist, and religious violence; and nuclear politics.

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"Like an investigative journalist, Ganguly has gotten into the trenches and his account is the result of extensive interviews with government officials, Kashmiri activists and militants, the media, members of nongovernmental organizations, and military personnel both in India and in Pakistan as well as those in the United States. Consequently, The Crisis in Kashmir is perhaps the most exhaustive contemporary study of the Kasmir dispute....Ganguly's book is recommended reading for any student of the Kashmir crisis." Aziz Haniffa, India Abroad

"This volume represents social science at its best. It is a detailed case study of the Kashmiri insurgency...based on extensive interviews with government officials, Kashmiri activists, journalists, and military personnel....The volume concludes with some sensible recommendations for moving toward a resolution of the crises." Foreign Affairs

"Both as an old fashioned narrative and as a rigorous theoretical endeavour it is outstanding." Outlook

"This volume represents social science at its best. It is a detailed case study..." Foreign Affairs

"...an excellent teaching resource....Essential for India specialists, political scientists, ethnicists, international theorists, and all levels of students, it can also be appreciated by general readers." R. Khator, Choice

"Sumit Ganguly's thoughtful Crisis in Kashmir analyzes political events in Kashmir since 1947 particularly well...Ganguly's book offers insightful surveys of the theoretical literature on ethnopolitical mobilization, political developments in Kashmir, and possible options and strategies for the Indian Government to follow." International Journal of Hindu Studies

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