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Introducing the seven must read books on Kashmir’s history, which has not been much written about. These books provide an alternate version of the historical events, and also provide an insight of Kashmir’s ancient, medieval and contemporary history. The books introduce us to the complex perspectives into the Valley’s current socio-economic and political problems. 1. Kashmir: The Unwritten History The book by Australian scholar-historian Christopher Snedden explores the unwritten perspective of the dispute of international status that Jammu people actually started it not what in general people claim that Pakistan’s Pakhtoon tribesmen invasion initially instigated it. 2. Masla-e-Kashmir Ki Tareekhi Asliyat (Historic Antecedants of Kashmir Problem) Author PG Rasool’s book traces the manipulations of the political actors and the origin of Kashmir crisis in context of the events that molded the situation of the sub-continent vis-à-vis Kashmir during crucial years prior to and after the partition in 1947. 3. Rajatarangini (The River of Kings) Written by Kashmir Brahmin Kalhana in 12 Century CE, the book is a historical primitive text of Hindu mythology nature explains the region has formerly been a lake which was drained by Kashyapa, the great sage and a son of Marichi by cutting the gap in the hills at Baramulla (northern Kashmir) resulting in formulation of all the Lakes and the civilization. 4. The Valley of Kashmir Walter Roper Lawrence’s account in 1895 is among the initial book that has depicted the tyrannic life of Kashmir people before the world under despotic Rajput Dogras. It is considered to be author’s travel book who while serving in the Indian Civil Service where appointed to Kashmir as Settlement Commissioner in British India. 5. Kashmir: The Untold Story Written by noted journalist Humra Quraishi, the book is women focused perspective of mothers waiting for their young sons, who disappeared years ago either picked up by the army or by militants and on endless turmoil’s effect on minds undone by the constant fear and uncertainty. 6. Struggle for Freedom of Kashmir Written by Kashmir Pundit Prem Nath Bazaz, the book gives a perspective of the policies of both India and Pakistan toward Kashmir and comprehends throughout with justifications that independence for Kashmir is not feasible and that the accession to Pakistan is probably the best solution. 7. Kashmir Under The Sultans A master work by historian Mohibbul Hasan, the book chronicles Medieval history of Kashmir when Muslims assumed power for the first time in the valley. Hasan has an intrinsic merit of lucidly introducing a reader to a subject that begins with the foundation of the Sultanate and ends with the conquest of Kashmir by Akbar. Its chief merit lies in encapsulating such political social economic and cultural activities of the period that exercised an indelible influence on the valley. ©theparallelpost | 2015 Also Read: 1: Seven Mystic Kashmiri Poets You should know 2. Seven Quotes That Critique Journalism
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WE are living in a world that is governed by rules and regulations for everything, created not by anyone else but by US only. The walls of these rules and regulations are so high that one wonders what to speak, think even sometimes what to feel. Everything seems possessed and in chaos. Amidst all this pandem
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