Kashmir: The Case for Freedom

Kashmir: The Case for Freedom

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At home, the Kashmiri people’s ongoing quest for justice and self-determination is as much ignored by their venal politicians as it is rejected by Pakistan. Internationally, their struggle is forgotten, as the West refuses to bring pressure to bear on its regional ally India. Kashmir: The Case for Freedom is an impassioned attempt to redress this imbalance and to fill the gap in our moral imagination. Covering Kashmir’s past and present and the occupation’s causes and consequences, the authors issue a clarion call for the withdrawal of Indian troops and for Kashmir’s right to self-determination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844678266
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/21/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 1,103,551
File size: 462 KB

About the Author

Arundhati Roy’s books include, most recently, Listening to Grasshoppers.

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, The Revolt Against the West, is coming out in 2011.

Hilal Bhatt was born in Srinigar and is a freelance Kashmiri journalist.

Angana P. Chatterji is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies and Co-convener of the International People’s Tribunal in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.

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Once known for its extraordinary beauty, the valley of Kashmir now hosts the biggest, bloodiest and also most obscure military occupation in the world. With more than 80,000 people dead in an anti-India insurgency backed by Pakistan, the killing fields of Kashmir dwarf those of Palestine and Tibet. In addition to the everyday regime of arbitrary arrests, curfews, raids, and checkpoints enforced by nearly 700,000 Indian soldiers, the valley’s four million Muslims are exposed to extrajudicial execution, rape, and torture. Why then does the immense human suffering of Kashmir occupy such an imperceptible place in our moral imagination? (From the introduction by Pankaj Mishra)

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