Overview for Making Peace with Partition
The Partition of the Indian subcontinent of 1947 left a legacy of hostility and bitterness that has bedeviled relataions between India and Pakistan for over fifty-five years. The two countries, both nuclear powers now, have fought three wars since Independence and have twice come to the brink of war in recent years. Each of their attempts to make peace has failed, and each failure has added a new layer of anger and mistrust to existing animosities. So what will it take for India and Pakistan to put the long shadows of Partition behind them, once and for all? Reviewing the turbulent history of their past relationship, Radha Kumar analyses the chief obstacles the two countries face and looks afresh, in particular, at the Kashmir conflict, in the light of the new opportunities and challenges that the twenty-first century presents. Kumarâ€™s processes in Bosnia, Ireland, Cyprus and Israel-Palestine offer a radically different perspective on the prospects for peace between India and Pakistan, and illuminate the key elements that go into a successful peace process. Lucid, incisive and optimistic, Radha Kumarâ€™s essay, written at a time when a new peace process between India and Pakistan has begun to unfold, challenges received wisdom as it argues persuasively that the South Asian neighbours are today better placed to make peace than ever before.
Radha Kumar (Author)
Radha Kumar, a Visiting Professor at the Jamia Millia University, was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and Director of its project on Ethnic Conflicts and Peace Processes. Her previous books include Divide and Fall? Bosnia in the Annals of Partition and A History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Womenâ€™s Rights and Feminism in India, 1800-1990.