Kashmir : Roots Of Conflict Paths Essay
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003, pp. 307
Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace by Sumantra Bose is a well-researched and engagingly written book on the contemporary history of Kashmir. It doesn 't take a myopic view of the Kashmir conflict as a ‘territorial-dispute,’ but looks at it through a broader lens, taking into account the complexity of society and politics in the region. The book tries to shift the focus of the discussion from 1947, to the events leading up to the watershed elections held in Kashmir in 1987. He argued that the roots of the Kashmir crisis may be traced to 1947 but the continuing conflict ‘has much to do with the events that have unfolded in the decades’ after that. Bose, a professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, have tried to dissect the history of Kashmir post 1947 to determine ‘how the Kashmir conflict has come to present such a grave threat to South Asia’s peace  and what can be done to resolve this.
Bose’s book is divided into five chapters centred around three broad themes; The first theme traces the genesis of Kashmir’s current crisis that manifested in 1989-1990 to the ‘denial of democratic rights and institutions to the people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), specially in the IJK (India controlled Jammu and Kashmir).’  The second theme revolves around why a solution through plebiscite or partition is difficult in Kashmir,…