The Origins of War in South Asia Indo-Pakistani Conflicts since 1947
Sumit GangulyVision Books : The Origins of War in South Asia : Sumit Ganguly : Book (ISBN: 8170943337) Pages: 144 Price: Rs. 190 Format: Paperback
ISBN13/10: / 8170943337 Availability: Yes Published in 1999
This is a truly authoritative study of the three
Indo-Pakistani conflicts since 1947. Sumit Ganguly’s is a comprehensive
exploration of the causes and consequences of these clashes. Reassessing the
origins of war in South Asia and ongoing ethnic strife in the region, he
identifies and examines key developments, including shifts in policymaking
necessitated by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the incipient nuclear
weapons programmes of both India and Pakistan.
The uniqueness of the work lies in that it suggests that
the Indo-Pak conflicts are irredentist in nature — that each country seeks
confirmation of its national identity through Kashmir. For India, Kashmir is a
testimonial for its secularism; for Pakistan, Kashmir is a contiguous
Muslim-dominated area which should rightfully have been hers after the partition
The book incorporates recently
published as well as newly declassified material and also highlights the
origins, nature, and likely future of the insurgency in Kashmir.
“Richly researched. . . . solid analysis.” —Foreign Affairs, USA
Sumit Ganguly is professor of political science at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, USA. He is also an adjunct professor of political science and a member of the Southern Asian Institute of Columbia University. During 1993-94 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A specialist on security issues in South Asia, he has authored several books, including (with Harold Gould)
The Hope and the Reality: U.S.-Indian Relations from Roosevelt to Reagan and
India Votes: Alliance Politics and Minority Governments in the Ninth and Tenth General Elections, and written numerous articles for journals and magazines. Professor Ganguly has received awards and grants from the Ford Foundation, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and the American Institute for Indian Studies. He has recently published a book that traces the origins of the Kashmir crisis.