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Conflict Management in Kashmir
State-People Relations and Peace

  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108642576

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  • The book examines the intersections of political violence, deprivation and conflict, and explores the prospects of its management by studying one of the world's most complex political turmoils - Kashmir. It closely investigates the vertical aspect of the conflict, in which the Indian state and a section of Kashmiris are engaged in a turbulent relationship, and explores ways to stimulate conflict management. By employing the protracted social conflict theory, the author argues that a conflict between a state and a social group ensues when the political elite fail to address the non-material needs of the marginalized. By documenting narratives of the Kashmiri traders and the state officials, and the impact of the opening of the two intra-Kashmir trade routes during the 1990s, this book emphasizes the need to focus on peace initiatives taken by the government, and the significance of accommodation and engagement to address a state-people conflict.

    • Combines theoretical framework with empirical analysis
    • Includes interviews of state officials and Kashmiri traders and civilians
    • Offers policy recommendations for managing conflict
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108642576
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Kashmir, conflict and the (uncomfortable?) questions
    2. Theorizing conflicts
    3. Protracted social conflict in Kashmir
    4. Peace process, cross-border opening and the engagement
    5. Traders' perspectives
    6. Policy makers' perspective
    7. Conflict management prospects
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, University of Massachussetts
    Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra is a Fellow at the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has doctoral degrees from University of Massachusetts and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen's University Belfast in 2010, and ICCSR-RAS Fellow in Moscow in 2010. His publications include an edited volume, Conflict and Peace in Eurasia (2013, editor), and Making Kashmir Borderless (2013).

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