KASHMIR POLITICS by Dr. Satish Ganjoo

Format: Hardcover
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 84

Publisher: Anmol Publications New Delhi, India.
Language: English
ISBN 81-7041-296-X

About the book

The genesis of the present day crisis in Kashmir has to be traced in 1953 when Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah was dismissed as Premier of J&K State and detained. This was followed by a number of incidents of far reaching importance in 1958; the Shaikh was released but detained again after about a period of three months and prosecuted under Kashmir Conspiracy Case. The case, was, however withdrawn in 1964. But the Shaikh was again arrested in 1065 after his reported meeting with the Chinese Premier, Chou-en-Lal; and detained for three years. In 1971, ban was imposed on him to enter into the State territory, which was lifted in 1972. In 1975, Shaikh-Indira Accord was signed by which he joined the national mainstream after a lapse of 22 years. During 1953-1975, Shaikh Mohammad Abdullah labeled India as an expansionist and colonial power trying to subjugate Kashmir. He considered the accession of Kashmir with India as his greatest blunder and demanded the right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir. He also advocated to settle the Kashmir issue by a free and fair plebiscite, and unconditional withdrawal of the Indian troops.

These ideas of the Shaikh found their way direct to the hearts of people of Kashmir, because they were not taken into confidence in 1947 when the accession with India was managed. When the Shaikh switched over to the Indian nationalism in 2975, the people of Kashmir were left in dilemma. The present crisis in the Valley is only a manifestation of the inner aspirations of the youth of Kashmir brought up during the period, 1953-1975.

Kashmir Politics can be termed as an authentic document because the author himself took some interest in the politics of J&K State during his studentship and made a critical study of the developments going on around him.

About the Author: Satish Ganjoo
Dr Satish Ganjoo was born on May 1, 1956, to Shree Omkarnath Ganjoo and Smt Sheela Ganjoo in the Saffron Valley of Kashmir. He obtained the coveted academic degrees of M.Phil (1983) and Ph.D (1987) in Modern History and International Relations from the University of Kashmir. He held the distinguished faculty position in Govt. Degree College, Baramulla (Kashmir), Centre for Advance Study in Education and Technology, Srinagar (Kmr), CASET Post Graduate Evening College, Srinagar (Kmr) and the Centre of Central. Asian Studies, University of Kashmir. Now he is working as Head, Post Graduate Dept. of History, Ramgarhia College Phagwra (Pb), with the additional charge of the Dept. of Computer Sciences and Information Technology.

Dr. Ganjoo developed the excellent potential for research and published a number of books on diverse topics of history, politics, international relations and Islamic studies. His widely acknowledged books include :

    1. Afghanistan’s Struggle for Resurgence
    2. Soviet Afghan Relations
    3. Kashmir Politics
    4. Muslim Freedom Fighters of India (in 3 vols)*
    5. Economics System in Islam*
    6. Glimpses of Islamic World*
    7. Prophet Muhammad*
    8. Wailing Shadows in Kashmir (Anmol Publications, New Delhi)
    9. Dictionary of History anmolpublications@vsnl.com

Besides Dr. Ganjoo was involved in different interdisciplinary research projects, participated in several seminars and wrote about sixteen research papers. His name was recommended for the Soviet Land Nehru Award (1991) and received a number of decorations from prestigious NGOs --- Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2004), Best Citizen of India Award (2005), Vijay Shree Award (2005).

Dr. Ganjoo evinced interest in active politics when he was still a student. This brought him to prominence so as to become an energetic student leader. In 1986, he was elected the Convener of the Students’ Federation of India (Kashmir Province) and in 1988 he became the founder- member of the Friends of Soviet Central Asia, University of Kashmir. He is also the member of the Arts & Social Sciences Faculty, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and the life –member of the Kashmir Education Culture and Science Society.

Dr Satish Ganjoo is the one and only Kashmiri Pandit who has suffered the pain & agony of migration, but worked exclusively on Islamic Studies with all devotion and dedication. ---Dr K N Pandita

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