Title: Kashmir As I See It From Within and Afar
Author: Ashok Dhar
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Ashok Dhar, born and brought up in Kashmir, in this part historical and part autobiographical journey, gives an insight into the real problems plaguing Kashmir by looking at it through the mirror of objectivity and rationalism.
Beginning with the true essence of Kashmiriyat and the history of Kashmir, the author reflects upon how, ironically, communalism was never an original problem of Kashmir. As a Kashmiri pandit, belonging to a community that was forcefully ousted from their homeland, it is difficult to not look at the ‘other’ with hate. The beauty of the book lies in the fact that Dhar has managed to do so.
Like most analysts, Dhar says that the solution to the Kashmir problem is a more stable relation between India and Pakistan. In this book, he dares to ask the one true question about the Kashmir conundrum: if the Kashmir issue is resolved, what would Pakistan fight over?
This rigorously researched and passionately honest account shows us a way to look for solutions that are not merely reflective but practical, using tools extracted from management studies such as game theory.