Among cataclysmic events that have shaped India’s post independence history, none compare with the conflict ‘in’ and ‘over’ the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir is truly unique as not only is it the nub of the Indo-Pak feud, but also with her other adversary – China. Historically speaking, Kashmir has remained a frontline ever since the Great Game. In view of China’s growing outreach and the fact that Kashmir’s occupied territory link both India’s adversaries, it portends volatility in the India-Pakistan-China triangular relationship.
Brig Amar Cheema’s well–researched endeavour recounts the Kashmir imbroglio beyond episodic accounts but in continuum; in so doing, provides a broader perspective. The Crimson Chinar delivers a blow-by-blow account of the many ‘wars,’ and continues the narrative through the phases of ‘No War-No Peace,’ ‘insurgency’ and ‘limited war’ that have progressively ravaged the state. The context and geo-strategic environment has been re-created based on in-depth research and captured the rationale of the times. The important take away being; ‘wherever’ and ‘whenever’ India has responded ‘pro-actively’ and with determination, results have been significantly different; 1965, 1971 and Siachen being prime examples.
With myriad external and internal dimensions, Kashmir continues to cast shadows on the progression of the sub-continent. Peace remains as elusive as it was in the forties; if anything, the adversaries – both known and unknown, have grown stronger. While the reasons for the conflict may have changed with the times, the underlying causes remain as profound as they were decades ago.
Foreword • Prologue • Acknowledgments and Dedication • Abbreviations and Acronyms
Kashmir’s Tryst with History
1947 – The First Kashmir War
Kashmir and the 1962 Sino-Indian War
1965 – The Second Kashmir War
1971 and the War in Kashmir
War on the Frozen Frontiers of Siachen
Militancy and Proxy War – 1989 to 1999
India’s Vijay at Kargil
Looking to the Future
Epilogue • Bibliography • Index
eBook Edition also available
Author: Brig Amar Cheema, VSM (Retd)
Features: B/W Maps, HB