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Unravelling the Kashmir Knot


© 2016 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

An unconventional take on the Kashmir issue… 

This book focuses on the ‘Kashmir knot’ and argues that the issue was an inevitable result of Britain’s ruthless policies to satisfy its political, defence and strategic interests in the Indian subcontinent. It goes on to prove that the problem was aggravated not only by India’s habitual bungling and the inadequacies of solutions often proposed to resolve it but also by the cynical attitude of the super powers as well as Pakistan’s sustained efforts.

To unravel the Kashmir knot it is imperative to first depoliticize the issue and take recourse in legal analysis. This is what the book does with the help of comprehensive analysis of court rulings, UN papers, political observer reports and international law.

 

 

 
Foreword by Upendra Baxi
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
The Indian Subcontinent under the British Colonial Rule
 
Moving towards Partitioning the Indian Subcontinent
 
Partition
 
Princely Indian States and Kashmir
 
Reference to the People
 
Britain, Kashmir and Reference to the United Nations
 
United Nations and the Reference
 
Territorial Status Quo
 
Kashmir and the United Nations
 
Inadequacies of the Current Proposals to Resolve the Kashmir Issue
 
The Way Forward
 
Approaching the International Court of Justice
 
The Article 370 Debate
 
Grappling with the Ground Realities
 
Doctrinal Bankruptcy towards Conflict Resolution
 
Epilogue

‘Provides lucid but wide-ranging historical and contemporary analysis ... at times deeply provocative.’

Upendra Baxi (From the Foreword)

Aman bears the awesome Hingorani—Kapila and Nirmal—legacy of the great humanism permeating penology from Hussainara Khatoon onwards. In respecting the rule of law, the book is replete with Hingorani’s impress. Aman’s present work is an excellent addition to the continuing Kashmir debate.

M N Venkatachaliah,
Former Chief Justice of India, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution

This book offers fresh insight from a legal, historical and practical perspective on the persistent and at times violent dispute between nuclear India and nuclear Pakistan over Kashmir. Hailing from a prominent family of human rights lawyers, A. Hingorani spares no criticism for the bungling line of leaders in both countries, along with Great Britain, for their failure to find a path to peace. As both countries face larger issues for their citizens’ future, this gaping failure is ever more urgent given India’s rising struggle with China for regional dominance and Pakistan’s internal fight over the true meaning of Islam. Hingorani’s book moves that debate in the right direction.

George Charles Bruno,
Former US Ambassador

The book makes fascinating and compelling reading about the trauma and the running sore of partition of the Indian subcontinent. The author has thoroughly researched and covered every aspect of the subject so as to suggest the possible way forward. It will be interesting to see if the suggestions made are prophetic.

Ruma Pal,
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

Aman Hingorani’s riveting, absorbing and thought-provoking explorations of the Kashmir issue are both broad and deep. Beyond the trodden paths, his historically rich and analytically focused approach is illuminating in every respect. All serious students of international relations and all practitioners of foreign policy will want to come to terms with this penetrating analysis. It will be a much discussed volume in the continuing debate over one of the most prolonged conflicts in world affairs.

Dr Victor Mauer,
International Security and Strategic Studies expert, Zurich
Key features

An unconventional take on the Kashmir issue… 

This book focuses on the ‘Kashmir knot’ and argues that the issue was an inevitable result of Britain’s ruthless policies to satisfy its political, defence and strategic interests in the Indian subcontinent. It goes on to prove that the problem was aggravated not only by India’s habitual bungling and the inadequacies of solutions often proposed to resolve it but also by the cynical attitude of the super powers as well as Pakistan’s sustained efforts.

To unravel the Kashmir knot it is imperative to first depoliticize the issue and take recourse in legal analysis. This is what the book does with the help of comprehensive analysis of court rulings, UN papers, political observer reports and international law.


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ISBN: 9789351509714