Altaf Hussain Para
December 21, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9781138221604 - CAT# Y307781
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This book traces the roots of modern-day Kashmir and the role of Sheikh Abdullah in its making. As the most influential political figurehead in 20th century Kashmir, he played a crucial role in its transformation from a kingdom to a state in independent India.
He was enigmatic and complex, to say the least. Following his meteoric rise, he dominated the political scene for more than fifty years, with enduring impact. The volume presents a keen analysis of pre-Independence events which led to the emergence of a controversial and confused identity of the region. It also looks at other major themes in the political life of Kashmir, including the formation of the Muslim Conference, the Plebiscite movement and the Kashmir Accord.
A major intervention in the political life of South Asia, this book presents an inside-view of the history of modern Kashmir through the life and times of Sheikh Abdullah. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of politics, history, and modern South Asia.
Introduction 1. Impact of a Heartless Treaty That Sold an Entire Population 2. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Early Life and Ideological Background 3. Harbinger of National Consciousness: From Reading Room Party to Muslim Conference 4. Role as Muslim Conference President 5. Apostle of Secularism: Nationalization of a Secular Movement 6. Role as National Conference President: Confronting with Alternative Voices 7. Accession: Swimming Against the Tide 8. In Power (1947-1953): Shaky Foundations of a Democratic Edifice 9. Out of Power: Trapped in His Own Cage 10. Accord: A Lion Made Toothless 11. Regaining Power: A Shadow of His Own. Conclusion. Bibliography