ISBN 9789350298978,Kashmir: The Unwritten History

Kashmir: The Unwritten History


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789350298978

ISBN-10 935029897X


Number of Pages 460 Pages
Language (English)


In Kashmir: The Unwritten History, politico-strategic analyst Christopher Snedden contends that in October 1947, pro- Pakistan Muslims in southwestern J&K instigated the Kashmir dispute not Pashtun tribesmen invading from Pakistan, as India has consistently claimed. Later called Azad Kashmiris, these people, Snedden argues, are legitimate stakeholders in an unresolved dispute. He provides comprehensive new information that critically examines Azad Kashmirs administration, economy, political system and its subordinate relationship with Pakistan. Azad Kashmiris considered their administration to be the only legitimate government in J&K and expected that it would rule after J&K was re-unified by a UNsupervised plebiscite. This poll has never been conducted and Azad Kashmir has effectively, if not yet legally, become a (dependent) part of Pakistan. Long disenchanted with Islamabad, some Azad Kashmiris now favour independence for J&K, hoping that they may survive and prosper without recourse to either of their bigger neighbours. Snedden concludes by assessing the various proposals that have been mooted to resolve Azad Kashmirs international status and the broader Kashmir dispute. About the Author Christopher Snedden is an Australian politico-strategic analyst, author, and academic specializing in South Asia. His consultancy, Asia Calling, works with governments, businesses and universities. He frequently visits Jammu and Kashmir to conduct research, and has interviewed many elder statesmen involved in the Kashmir dispute.