Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-fiction
In Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle, one of the most prominent voices of Kashmir, Saifuddin Soz takes a passionate and compelling look at the past, present and future of a vastly misunderstood people. Throughout its long, diverse, distinctive but scarred history, the beautiful and bountiful land of Kashmir has captured the imagination of travelers, kings, historians and nations. From its origins as an ancient civilization, to embracing Islam, to fighting invaders, to ruthless militancy, and the ensuing action by the Indian army; Kashmir has seen it all. Kashmiris fought the Mughals, the Afghans and the Sikhs in the past. However, it was their fight against Dogra autocracy that ultimately led to their disillusionment with the Indian establishment. With Pakistan feeding the emotions of deeply alienated and disenchanted people and the Indian government using force and taking a harder stand by the day, this unique culture now stands completely besieged.
What is the future of Kashmir, then? What is the destiny of its people? Can there be solution to the weary problem confronting Kashmir? Can Kashmir reconcile with the past for a better future? Can the Valley return to a life of dignity, peace and development? How? Saifuddin Soz discusses these questions and provides credible and implementable solutions to end the grave crisis.
Professor Saifuddin Soz is a former Union minister and a highly respected senior politician from Kashmir with a long and distinguished parliamentary career. An economist by training, he also has a great understanding of Kashmir’s history and culture. One of the most important voices from the region, Soz has written innumerable articles and authored several books on the ongoing crisis in Kashmir and the idea of autonomy and secularism. Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle is his most comprehensive and critical work till date.