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ISBN:0670081507
Author: David Devadas
ISBN13: 978-0670081509
Title: In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir
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Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Viking (December 31, 2007)
Pages: 381

In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir by David Devadas



The book reveals a wealth of startling new information about the strategies, internal workings, disputes, excesses and failures of Kashmir s militant movement as well as the governments of India and Pakistan, their armed forces and intelligence agencies.

David Devadas is an Indian journalist and an author. Author of The Generation of Rage in Kashmir published by Oxford University Press.

It is well-paced, and manages to hold together.

The book weaves the history of Kashmir starting from the revolt of Muslim majority populace against their ruler and traces the roots of the insurgency in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The book is heavy and controversial; one is not sure how factual or the facts, when it makes sweeping generalizations. Consider the following: Kashmir struggled vigorously to become a modern nation state, but failed to develop a viable model. Herculean task, deftly handled in a journalistic way through certain characters and events from Sheikh Abdullah to AB Vajpayee.

He is a journalist with three decades of experience. He has reported for India Today, Indian Express, Gulf News, The Hindustan Times and The Economic Times.

David Devadas, Visiting Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia. His analysis and predictions about Kashmir since 1988, as a journalist, author, and academic, have been precise and sharp.

He is a journalist with three decades of experience and has reported for India Today, Indian Express, Gulf News, The Hindustan Times and The Economic Times. He was a Visiting Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2005 and a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (2009–11). So let's talk about why we're interested in sorting. So there's lots of obvious applications.

Senior journalist and author David Devadas on Monday, 18 March, held a discussion on ‘The Story of Kashmir’ based on his book of the same name in New Delhi on Monday, 18 March. The book, in Devadas' own words, is a "comprehensive history of the geopolitics, politics, culture and changing aspirations of Kashmir". Among the various events of the past 90 years that it chronicles in detail are the assassinations of Kashmiri separatist leader Abdul Ghani Lone in 2002 and Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq in 1990. The families of both these leaders are influential in Jammu and Kashmir’s politics even today. Abdul Ghani Lone’s son, Sajjad Lone, is currently an MLA from Handwara and is the chairperson of the People’s Conference

1931. The year Kashmir s majority community revolted against their maharaja and sharply expressed a Kashmiri Muslim identity. Since then the Kashmiri-speaking community living in the valley has been grappling with ideological paradigms, searching for a common future. Weaving a complex history with the lives of two ordinary Kashmiris one a militant-commander-turned-Hurriyat-Conference-leader, the other a rural political worker of an older generation In Search of a Future: The Story of Kashmir not only illuminates the socio-economic, geopolitical and ideological causes of violence from 1931 to 2007 but also aspects of Kashmiri reality that are rarely discussed the impact of land reforms and the apple trade; religion-based political mobilization in both Pakistan and India; Kashmiri caste consciousness; the tendency to put narrow self-interest above action for the common weal; and the insecurity that expresses itself as superiority. In doing so, it brings to life the strong sense of identity of this community and its frustrations; the long-standing sectarian and communal discord; and the insurgency against India, in the process exploring the dichotomy between ethnic aspiration and religious zeal, the influence of Iran s revolution and the Afghan and global jihad. The book reveals a wealth of startling new information about the strategies, internal workings, disputes, excesses and failures of Kashmir s militant movement as well as the governments of India and Pakistan, their armed forces and intelligence agencies. Nearly a decade of painstaking research through interviews conducted with primary players, including prime ministers, governors, generals, militant commanders and secessionist and mainstream politicians has produced this tremendous work of contemporary history. Filled with detail and drama, In Search of a Future is a candid and insightful portrait of the moral crisis that has created one of the world s most knotty and dangerous flashpoints through the twentieth century.