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Title: Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah of Kashmir, 1965–1975: From externment to enthronement
Authors: Ankit, Rakesh
Keywords: Kashmir
Sheikh Abdullah
Indira Gandhi
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. Published by Sage
Citation: ANKIT, R., 2018. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah of Kashmir, 1965–1975: From externment to enthronement. Studies in Indian Politics, 6(1), pp. 88-102.
Abstract: © 2018 Lokniti, Centre For The Study Of Developing Societies. Ousted as Premier, Jammu and Kashmir, in August 1953 and anointed as Chief Minister in February 1975, the so-called ‘Lion of Kashmir’ Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was imprisoned, in between these years, ultimately on charges of treason, with brief intermissions. Much has been written about the politics of Kashmir dispute, less so about the Sheikh and his personal troubles especially after the death of his friend Jawaharlal Nehru in May 1964. This somewhat overshadowed decade of his life, in comparison with his hey-days of 1947–1953, shows the kind of settlement in Kashmir that the government of Indira Gandhi was willing to consider. More interestingly, it shows how Sheikh Abdullah was willing to agree to it and provides the context in which he moved from being in a conflictual relationship with New Delhi to becoming, once again, a collaborator in Srinagar in 1975, thereby showcasing the limits of Abdullah’s politics and popularity.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Studies in Indian Politics and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/2321023018762820
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/2321023018762820
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/33679
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/2321023018762820
ISSN: 2321-0230
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