Srinagar: For the first time, Oxford University Press has published the book of a Kashmir-based scholar and policy analyst. Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail’s book, ‘The Politics of Land-Grabbing in Kashmir’, published by the renowned press, will be released in January 2018.
According to details available online, the book is based on extensive field research conducted at the India-Pakistan border, using the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project as a case study. The book reveals corporate land-grabbing in Kashmir and how capital is at play in a conflict zone.
According to a review by British author and historian Victoria Schofield, “… at a time when the political status of the once princely state of Jammu and Kashmir remains unresolved …. What Peer Ghulam Nabi Suhail reveals is the huge impact of the appropriation of its resources, as indicated by the subtitle, The Politics of Land-Grabbing.’”
Saturnino (‘Jun’) M. Borras, Jr. Professor at International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague Netherlands, said the book “offers an exceptional empirically rich and analytically sharp study about resource politics in a geographic region that has not received sufficient attention in global land-grabbing literature.”
Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Professor at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, reviewed that the book is a “significant addition to the literature on the political economy of land acquisition, demonstrating how hydropower-driven land politics results in dispossession, in contested territories such as Kashmir, and shape and are shaped by the reconfiguration of conflict.”