A book on Kashmir by Radha Kumar to be released next month

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.