In 1947, India and Pakistan were born to conflict. Here renowned India scholar Stanley Wolpert provides an authoritative, accessible primer on what is potentially the world's most dangerous crisis, concisely disŽtilling sixty-three years of complex history, tracing the roots of the relaŽtionship between these two antagoŽnists, explaining the many attempts to resolve their disputes, and assessŽing the dominant political leaders. While the tragic partition left many urgent problems, none has been more difficult than the struggle over Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan.
This intensely divisive issue has triggered two conventional wars and killed some one hundred thouŽsand Kashmiris, and it has almost ignited two nuclear wars since 1998, when both India and Pakistan openly emerged as nuclear-weapon states. In addition to providing a comprehensive perspective on the origin and nature of this pressing conflict, Wolpert examines all the proposed solutions and concludes with a road map for a brighter future for South Asia.
Author: Stanley Wolpert