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About the Author

Arundhati Roy’s books include, most recently, Listening to Grasshoppers.

Pankaj Mishra’s new book, The Revolt Against the West, is coming out in 2011.

Hilal Bhatt was born in Srinigar and is a freelance Kashmiri journalist.

Angana P. Chatterji is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies and Co-convener of the International People’s Tribunal in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than a dozen books on world history and politics—including Pirates of the Caribbean, Bush in Babylon, The Clash of Fundamentalisms and The Obama Syndrome—as well as five novels in his Islam Quintet series and scripts for the stage and screen. He is an editor of the New Left Review and lives in London.

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Once known for its extraordinary beauty, the valley of Kashmir now hosts the biggest, bloodiest and also most obscure military occupation in the world. With more than 80,000 people dead in an anti-India insurgency backed by Pakistan, the killing fields of Kashmir dwarf those of Palestine and Tibet. In addition to the everyday regime of arbitrary arrests, curfews, raids, and checkpoints enforced by nearly 700,000 Indian soldiers, the valley’s four million Muslims are exposed to extrajudicial execution, rape, and torture. Why then does the immense human suffering of Kashmir occupy such an imperceptible place in our moral imagination? (From the introduction by Pankaj Mishra)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844677354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844677351
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She has worked as a film designer and screenplay writer in India. Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. She has written several non-fiction books, including The Cost of Living, Power Politics, War Talk, An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, and Public Power in the Age of Empire. Roy was featured in the BBC television documentary Dam/age, which is about the struggle against big dams in India. A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian was published as The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. She is a contributor to the Verso anthology Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Her newest books are Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, published by Haymarket Books, and Walking with the Comrades, published by Penguin. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eskay on June 18, 2015
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A half baked story collated fron today's news media presenting information justifying the title - a case for freedom. There is no option for a balanced presentation. India is bad. What about the part that Pak occupies. Tariq Ali has tried to present a curious picture of that blurs than defined. Pandaj Mishra whatever be his credentials on the subject speaks of human rights of Kashmiris but forget that thee is a history of persecution and genocide by those he writes for. What is needed to balance the history is that Jammu and Kashmir ruler had leased a portion of Gilgit - Baltistan namely Skaradu in 1935 for 60-years on lease. It had on 15th of August a garrison of Indian troops. One fine morning, major Akbar Khan with authorization from the British General hoisted the Pak flag claiming the garrison to be under Pak authority- mind you hike it was still legally with the Maharaja. Pak forces went on rampage raping Sikh women and killing all men and children. This good news was signaled to Pak Army HQ in Rawalpindi. India sat idling and watching because Mountbatten advised against intervention to Nehru. It is when the marauders arrived in October and treaty of accession signed that India stepped into the fighting. Meanwhile the garrison was starved while the Indian contingent held on unsupported for nearly 9-months before surrender. Col Jung Bahadur would have been executed but was saved by orders from Gen Grace Kelly Then Chief of Pak Army. The tortuous events that have followed since may not be so heart wrenching until 1988 when mercenaries arrived. A regimen of genocide began. Kashmiri Pandits were systematically hounded from their homes.
The question all this begs is whethe India reneged from the promised plebiscite. No.
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Kashmir, the Case for Freedom is a fascinating look at a corner of the world that rarely makes the news. This despite half a million Indian troops, paramilitary forces, and police waging a low-level war on the population there for over a half-century, killing more people than the occupations in Northern Ireland, Palestine, and Tibet combined. On the rare occasions some extraordinary event there merits a paragraph in the back of the New York Times, the conflict is framed as a budding democracy versus Islamic zealots fomenting a guerilla war in some rural hinterland. The fact that the democratic activists in Kashmir have rejected radical Islamic militants for the most part is either ignored or misunderstood by Western media.
Tariq Ali’s concise history of the region and its politics which opens this collection is worth the purchase price alone. Arundhati Roy’s examination of what Kashmiris really want examines the modern movement for Kashmiri self-determination. Hilal Bhatt offers an absolutely terrifying first-hand account of the religious and ethnic violence that pervade the region and India as a whole, despite the latter’s public relations gloss which paint it as a modern, democratic and open country.

Admittedly, I knew little about Kashmir, its occupation, or the movement for freedom by its people before opening this book. Now I’m fascinated by the area and will certainly read more, even if it means rooting out that lonely paragraph in the back of the New York Times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacki Elphinstone on January 10, 2015
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succinct and informative summary of issues facing Kashmiris as they seek freedom and justice
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ba on April 15, 2015
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have consistently followed the narratives from the A Roy, the author wud be the first one to oppose real freedom to Kashmiri state in Indian republic as that would put a big hole in her pocket. This has turned into a big cottage industry and these authores will do whatever it takes to keep the flames and hatred going by peddling half truths as realities, so that, they can sell their atrocity literature and make money.

Arundhti lives posh area of New Delhi where real estate price per square feet is expensive than Manhattan or Hongkong, she even owns guest house near sanctuary to endangered species in India.Any guess to how she paid for these luxuries ?, Please do buy their stories, narratives, the ground truth is far more balanced and is seeped in history and culture of the state, Do not encourage these atrocity sellers to get rich
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