Book Launch | Paradise At War by Radha Kumar | Friday 2 November 2018

What :  Book Launch
Where :  Seminar Halls I, II and III at the India International Centre, New Delhi 110003
When : Friday, 02 November 2018 , 6:00 p.m. onwards

On behalf of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India, The President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) has the pleasure to forward an invitation to a Book Launch by one of our most distinguished alumni Ms. Radha Kumar.

The book will be launched on November 2 at Kamaladevi Block, India International Centre, New Delhi.

Former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah of the J&K National Conference in conversation with Ms. Radha Kumar, moderated by Hariner Baweja of the Hindustan Times.

Radha 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.

The 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”.




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