Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 10 2018
Former interlocutor Dr Radha Kumar’s new book on Kashmir ‘Paradise at War’ is slated to be launched in New Delhi next month.
Kumar was appointed interlocutor by then Union government in 2010.
The book has been published by Aleph Book Company.
In a statement, company’s director marketing and publicity, Vasundhara Raj Baigra said: “Company is delighted to announce the publication of Paradise at War by Radha Kumar”.
He said: “Kumar’s account examines every major development in the region’s history. She analyses wars and conquest to empire and the growth of nationalism; the troubled accession of the state to India under Maharaja Hari Singh during partition; Pakistani attacks and the rise of the Cold War; the politics of the various parts of the former princely state; the wars that followed and the attempts that Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri leaders, starting with Sheikh Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru, made to find peaceful solutions, including taking the Kashmir issue to the UN, which had unintended consequences for India; the demand for plebiscite; the Simla Agreement, turning the ceasefire line into the Line of Control; communal riots in the 1980s and the growth of insurgency”.
He said book mentions: “the increase in security forces in the state in the 1990s leading to public resentment; and the guerrilla…”.
He added book also mentions: “the Indian government’s failure to move Kashmir into a peace building phase, the trouble with AFSPA; the anti-India feelings that were triggered by counter-insurgency responses in 2010, the contentious coalition of 2014 and the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016”.
He informed book will be launched on November 2 at Kamaladevi Block, India International Centre, New Delhi in which former JK chief minister, Omar Abdullah will also participate.