Alastair Lamb examines the history of this dispute from its remote origins in the first half of the nineteenth century—when the State of Jammu and Kashmir was created by the British sale of Kashmir to the Raja of Jammu—until the spring of , when India and Pakistan appeared to be on the verge of a fourth armed conflict over this contested inheritance from the British Raj. A formidable body of myth has accumulated concerning the chain of events which, starting with the Partition of the Punjab by the Radcliffe Commission in August , culminated in the overt Indian intervention in Jammu and Kashmir. In this book, Lamb provides a detailed account of the history of the Northern Frontier which included Hunza and north-eastern Ladakh in the final years of the British Raj and he shows how this may well have set the scene for British policy towards Jammu and Kashmir in It delves into the details of the armed bilateral conflict over Kashmir, the three successive wars, the standoff at the Siachen Glacier, and Article of the Indian Constitution, all of which provide an essential background to the present situation in Kashmir.
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Alastair Lamb graduated from the University of Cambridge. Later he was a Professor of History at the University of Ghana — He was a Reader of History at Hatfield Polytechnic during the s. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Lamb has stated that he came across a number of documents in the archive which looked "rather different" from the versions published by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. However, he states the official was least interested. The more he checked the published Indian documents, the more convinced he became of distortions and misquotations.
Thus he came to the "reluctant conclusion", he says, that the Indian government was least interested in the historical accuracy of its territorial claims. This motivated him to write The China-India border in , where he claims he did his utmost to "play down the defects of the Indian published material". This was soon after the Second Kashmir War. In , after the start of the Kashmir insurgency , he expanded it into a larger volume titled Kashmir: A Disputed Legacy.
He stated that his work was thorough and painstaking even though it suffered from gaps in the presentation and interpretation. Lamb points out rightly than China had never ratified the Simla Convention that defined the McMahon Line but he dismisses the question of whether the British and Tibetan governments were competent to conclude an agreement.
Rose also notes that Lamb seems annoyed at the fact that the Indian authorities do not follow the British imperial line, which he terms "out of place". C recommends the book for those looking for an authoritative and detailed account of the Kashmir conflict. Munro observes that Lamb has written an authoritative history of Kashmir. He unites his flawless scholarship with an interesting story.
Schofield states that Lamb has successfully identified the main issues and mistakes. Kiernan recommends the book. He also points out how Lamb glosses over the culpability of Pakistan in the crisis as well as in later developments, facts which scholars such as Ayesha Jalal admit.
The path of reason, which this study sadly spurns, is to map out the common ground However, he states that in his later work, Birth of a Tragedy, Lamb "overreached" by claiming that the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir never signed the Instrument of Accession at all. He conveniently overlooked other letters where the Maharaja mentioned having signed accession.
Alastair Lamb graduated from the University of Cambridge. Later he was a Professor of History at the University of Ghana — He was a Reader of History at Hatfield Polytechnic during the s. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Kashmir A Disputed Legacy
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