Towards the Future?: Jammu and Kashmir in the 21st Century - Vernon HewittChesterton: Granta Editions, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “To have read Vernon Hewitt’s book Reclaiming the Past?, published in 1995, was to have understood what constitutes the “Kashmir problem” — how a region of renowned natural beauty, steeped in a history of religious, cultural and ethnic diversity, had, in the course of five decades, become a land of violent conflict and a threat to international security.
Six years on, Kashmir is still a land of violent conflict, and as the two countries laying claim to it — India and Pakistan — are now nuclear powers, international concern is more sharply focused on it. During those six years Hewitt has been back to Kashmir and has seen and studied the political developments in South Asia that have coloured the Kashmiri scene.
Towards the Future? describes the picture as he sees it now.
Much of the earlier book remains, including the sections on the historical and cultural background of modern Kashmir, and the events that led to its present plight — though the latter have been updated to take in the crucial developments of the last few years. And again, the aim has been to look at the issue from the varied, and often contradictory, positions of India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri people themselves.
Hewitt’s conclusions have evolved rather than changed. Six years ago he questioned whether the Kashmiris could reclaim their past. Now he is sure they cannot, but he sees a door opening to a peaceful future. He says: It is my contention that we are on the brink of quite a major transformation in the affairs of Jammu and Kashmir. But there is still a question mark over the future.”