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India and Pakistan: Continued Conflict or Cooperation?
Beginning in 1947, when "India and Pakistan were born to conflict," renowned India scholar Stanley Wolpert provides an authoritative, accessible primer on what is potentially the world's most dangerous crisis. He concisely distills sixty-three years of complex history, tracing the roots of the relationship between these two antagonists, explaining the many attempts to reso ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2010)
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Contrary to what Wolpert mentions on page 82, Akbar Bugti was not shot dead in his home. The cave where he had set up camp was shelled and that is what led to his death. It is, however, disputed whether the death was caused by a direct hit of the shelling or whether the cave collapsed while he was inside.
No Asian conflict,” Stanley Wolpert’s new book begins, “has proved more deadly, costly, or intractable than that which continues to divide India and Pakistan over Kashmir.” Wolpert has been writing about the Indian subcontinent for half a century, which might explain his limited vision. One can easily think of several Asian conflicts, from Cambodia to Korea, with higher death counts and greater costs. But Wolpert, as a historian and an observer, has seen the two countries, which share a long bor ...more
The book is a spot on analysis of the overall situation in a very balanced manner. However, I personally found the solutions provided for the Kashmir issue falling short of what I was expecting, given Stanley Wolpert's knowledge on the subject. A more in-depth discussion on that front would have been great.
Stanley Wolpert is an American academic, Indologist, and author considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the political and intellectual history of modern India and Pakistan and has written fiction and nonfiction books on the topics. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1959-2002.More about Stanley Wolpert...