10 Books to Understand Kashmir

Kashmir’s war has received less attention in the media than that in Palestine or Northern Ireland. However, throughout the last 67 years, a corpus of work has grown, written primarily by “outsiders.” The “dispute” is too complex to be fully explained in a single book, but the following selection of works aims to provide some insight into one of South Asia’s most vexing political disputes.

Kashmir: A Disputed Legacy (1846-1990) 

Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, has declared that he will attend the negotiation table as soon as India acknowledges that Kashmir is a conflict. 

Hindu Rulers, Muslim Subjects: Islam, Rights, and the History of Kashmir 

The first Kashmiri to recommend this book to you will probably be the taxi driver who drops you off at the city from the airport in Srinagar. Certainly, anyone who is ardent about Kashmir will want a copy from you. 

The Indian Ideology

Anderson’s book, which was first published as three essays in the London Review of Books, is a critique of India, which is portrayed as a secular democracy but is actually torn apart by caste and religious conflict. 

The History of the Struggle for Freedom in Kashmir: Cultural and Political, from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

The history of Kashmir’s independence movement written by Prem Nath Bazaz is split into two sections: Before and After the Partition of India. The fundamental idea of the book is that, despite the fact that its present and future may be closely linked to those of its two strong neighbors.

The Untold Story of the People of Azad Kashmir

The book tells the tale of Maharaja of Kashmir who could not decide whether to become a part of Pakistan or India. Snedden’s well-researched book undermines this story. 

Territory of Desire

Both India and Pakistan aspire to possess the stunning region known as Kashmir. What about the real proprietors of this region and their desire? Literary historian Ananya Jahanara Kabir tackles this side of the conflict by means of a carefully considered analysis of literary and cinematic depictions of Kashmir.

Until My Freedom Has Come

Newspapers and other media published a large amount of content during the 2010 Kashmiri uprising. This anthology contains essays, news articles, reports, interviews, short stories, and a song by a rapper that served as the inspiration for the book’s title. 

Kashmir: The Case for Freedom

Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, Angana Chatterjee, Habba Khatun, Hilal Bhat, and Tariq Ali present a case for Kashmir’s right to self determination in publications published during the 2010 uprising. In his work, Hilal Bhat recounts a terrifying experience he had while returning home on a train during the religious unrest brought on by the destruction of the Babri Mosque. 

A Long Dream of Home; The Persecution, Exodus and Exile of Kashmiri Pandits

This book, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Pandit exodus from Kashmir in 2015, is an anthology of personal experiences that contains never-before-seen images of camp life and first-hand accounts of persecution. 

The Kashmir Dispute: 1947-2012

Pandit Nehru, who said in telegrams to British and Pakistani leaders, about the withdrawal of troops from Kashmir at the earliest in and order to restore the peace and his decision about the future of the State to the people is discussed in a detailed manner in this book. This decision which emerges as the main antagonist accountable for the tragedy in Noorani’s in-depth book. 


The above-mentioned books give a detailed and varying view of Kashmir. The perceptions they present might be contradicting at some point. However, one should look at the history beyond perceptions, for history should far reaching that mere perceptions. 

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