India, Pakistan and the Kashmir Dispute: On Regional Conflict and Its Resolution

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Kashmir is the focal point of an acute regional dispute that has pitted India and Pakistan against one another ever since they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Already, these bitter rivals have gone to war twice over Kashmir, leaving the state physically divided and heavily militarized. The eruption of massive anti-Indian violence in Indian Kashmir in early 1990 has changed the dispute, further complicating India-Pakistan relations and lending even greater urgency to the search for ...
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Overview

Kashmir is the focal point of an acute regional dispute that has pitted India and Pakistan against one another ever since they gained their independence from Great Britain in 1947. Already, these bitter rivals have gone to war twice over Kashmir, leaving the state physically divided and heavily militarized. The eruption of massive anti-Indian violence in Indian Kashmir in early 1990 has changed the dispute, further complicating India-Pakistan relations and lending even greater urgency to the search for settlement. The reasons for, and possible resolutions of, this dispute are the themes of Professor Wirsing's book.

Drawing on repeated field visits and wide-ranging interviews with government officials, political leaders, military officers, and diplomats in both India and Pakistan, the author provides abundant new material on the Kashmir dispute's political, military, domestic, and international dimensions.

The book responds to mounting international concern about Kashmir with specific, step-by-step recommendations for breaking the existing diplomatic stalemate between India and Pakistan.
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The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has grown like a cancer for nearly 50 years. Its tangled origins, current animosities, and unlikely future emerge clearly in this work due to the firm control Wirsing exerts over his material. After providing an up-to-date history of the conflict, he examines how it affects the internal political scene of both nations. The study examines a new element to be considered-the rise of a Kashmiri Muslim separatist movement and its complicating impact on any possible resolution. From the viewpoint of a political scientist, Wirsing lists the possible options and formats for settlement and follows with possible resolutions. He closes with the impression that no morally right solution exists that would be satisfactory to any of the parties. Wirsing's finely balanced, well-documented, dispassionate study provides the best available examination of the Kashmir dispute. For informed readers.-John F. Riddick, Central Michigan Univ. Lib., Mt. Pleasant
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Drawing on repeated field visits and wide ranging interviews with government officials, political leaders, military officers and diplomats in both India and Pakistan, the author provides new material on the Kashmir dispute's political, military, domestic and international dimensions together with specific recommendations for breaking the existing diplomatic stalemate. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312084424
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Boundary Problem 7
1 Entitlement Issues 9
2 Delimitation Issues 61
3 The Strategic Context 85
Pt. II The Separatist Problem 111
4 The Kashmiri Muslim Uprising 113
5 Indian Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir 143
6 Indian Policy in Jammu and Kashmir 163
Pt. III The Problem of Settlement 187
7 Dilemmas of Format: The Instruments of Negotiation 189
8 Dilemmas of Formula: The Aims of Negotiation 217
Pt. IV Recommendations 235
9 The U.S. Role in Kashmir: Toward Constructive Engagement 237
10 India and Pakistan: Breaking the Deadlock 255
App. I. Chronological listing of major bilateral negotiations, international peacekeeping, and mediation efforts relating to India-Pakistan disputes over Kashmir and Siachen Glacier, 1947 through January 1994 264
App. II. Map: Indian Security Forces in Indian-Held Kashmir 271
App. III. Interviews 272
Notes 279
Index 331
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