The Kashmir Dispute by A. G. Noorani from Tulika Books.
A.G. Noorani is an Advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a leading constitutional expert and political commentator. He is a regular columnist for Frontline and the author of numerous books, includingIslam, South Asia and the Cold War (2012), Article 370: A Constitutional History of Jammu and Kashmir (2011), Jinnah and Tilak: Comrades in the Freedom Struggle (2010), India–China Boundary Problem 1846–1947: History and Diplomacy (2010),Indian Political Trials 1775–1947 (2006), Constitutional Questions and Citizens’ Rights (2006), The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record (editor, 2003), Islam and Jihad: Prejudice versus Reality(2003), and The Babri Masjid Question 1528–2003: ‘A Matter of National Honour’, in two volumes (2003).
The Kashmir Dispute 1947–2012 is a book in two volumes which traces the complex history of the long-standing dispute, and the political discontent and dissent surrounding it – relating especially to the question of the accession of the state of Jammu & Kashmir to the Union of India.
Volume 1 comprises a critical and insightful introduction by the author based on recently published material, as well as a selection of both archival and contemporary documents, which highlight some important episodes in the history of the formation of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and provide a background to the current political reality. Volume 2 is a collection of the author’s articles published over the last five decades in various dailies, journals and books. Divided thematically into seven sections – namely, The Indo–Pak Dispute, The Internal Dimension, Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, Russian Views on Kashmir and the Bomb, Foreign Models, and The Endgame – it provides an important perspective to the issues that are raised.
Through these two volumes, the author successfully brings to light many hitherto unknown or forgotten issues and facts relating to the troubled history of this state, supporting his arguments with a rigour that the readers are sure to appreciate.