Kashmir: New Voices, New Approaches. Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Bushra Asif and Cyrus Samii, eds. New Delhi: Viva Books Pvt. Ltd., 2007. Pp. 292. (Book Review)


The Jammu and Kashmir issue is a longstanding dispute that goes back to the time when India and Pakistan gained independence. Winnowing out the traditional postulations that conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir is an integral part of the national identities of both countries; the authors of this volume have tried to suggest approaches to divert the rivalry towards the resolution. While analysing the role of state and non-state actors in the resolution of the dispute, authors have also written about the political, religious and economic transformations in Jammu and Kashmir – both in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), which signify new promises for peace. This volume successfully presents an innovative and multidimensional approach to address the diverse challenges posed by the Kashmir issue at national, sub-national, regional and international levels. This book has three parts: sub-national and national dimensions, international dimension and ‘towards settlement’. Each of these parts reflects Pakistani, Indian and international perspectives by presenting a set of two or more options.

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