Shadow War: The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir Hardcover – May 19 2009
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About the Author
A contributing writer to the New York Times, Arif Jamal is currently a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights policy at Harvard. He has written for The Pakistan Times, The News, Radio France International, and the CBC.
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Shadow War was an excellent read. Indeed, I finished it in two sittings. In the introduction, Jamal describes the manner in which he sourced and verified his information. He spent hundreds of hours interviewing Kashmiri militants over eleven years(who struck me as surprisingly liberal with information given the activities they are involved in). He also used a wealth of secondary sources. He then goes on to paint a fascinating picture of the how several generations of Pakistani military, political, and intelligence officials used jihadi violence as a strategy to wrest Jammu and Kashmir from India and absorb it into Pakistan. In the process, Kashmiri society, which largely avoided communal riots at Partition, was convulsed into brutal violence, rising fundamentalism and communalism, and the flight of nearly the entire Hindu population from the Valley.
The book does not give much cause for optimism, but it is essential reading for those interested in learning more about this important conflict. Certainly those officials designing America's South Asia policy the new Obama administration would do well to read this book!
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In this book the details of General Zia and discussion around Kargil is interesting. Musharraf did try the misadventure in 1999 but the full scale war was avoided.
Do read this to know how it all started.
Suraj aka Clark Prasad