New Delhi, January 11, 2018:
Cambridge University Press, the leading academic publisher and department of the University of Cambridge hosted an event on the recently launched book titled, ‘KASHMIR: History, Politics, Representation’ at India International Centre in Delhi today. Edited by Chitralekha Zutshi, James Pinckney Harrison Professor of History at The College of William and Mary, USA, the book is a ground-breaking collection of innovative essays that brings together 14 cutting-edge chapters on multiple aspects of both the region and the issue of Kashmir.
The event included a stimulating panel discussion by renowned personalities including Siddiq Wahid, Historian and Political Commentator; Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor, The Wire; Saleem Beg, Convener, Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage, Jammu and Kashmir and Navnita Chadha Behera, Professor, Department of Political Science, Delhi University. The panellists participated in the discussion and shared their opinion on the subject of Kashmiri nationalism.
Congratulating the editor of the book, Ratnesh Jha, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press, South Asia said, “the discussion is an opportunity for us to celebrate this wonderful work of scholarship on Kashmir, a subject that demands more engagement and attention. This book brings together stellar academic perspectives on the region, and is an outstanding work of history, politics, sociology and anthropology at once”.
On her inspiration to write the book, Chitralekha Zutshi commented that, “This volume aims to understand the limitations of postcolonial nationalism and citizenship as exemplified by the situation in Kashmir at present. From Kashmir to Jammu to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (known as Azad Kashmir) and Gilgit-Baltistan, the book offers perspectives on political realities on the ground over a wide geographical area”