he author of this book, Mr. A. S. Dulat worked on IB and RAW during most of his career. After retirement, he worked for the PMO for another good 4 years or so. His career progression is made mostly through Kashmir. In the journey he apparently made some good friends too. In this book, Mr. Dulat has shared his experience and at times his views on various affairs related to Kashmir. The most important events covered were - a) Kidnapping of home minister's daughter b) Hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight IC814 c) Kargil infiltration and war thereafter, and d) the prime minister's peace initiatives. While describing these events, Mr. Dulat also tried to provide a glimpse of Kashmiri sentiments, the intelligence services of Pakistan, politicians in India, and general view on intelligence operations in India. As expected, he also brought up some instances of catastrophic political interference. --By Arijit Chakraborti on July 21, 2015
As a lay person on south Asia matters, I found this book easy to read and very informative. His experience and the stories that he tells are proof of how mainstreaming people is an effective strategy to stabilize a conflict and bring peace. India has been winning the match at Kashmir because it committed itself to give Kashmiris a role and winning them over, especially during Vajpayee's term. This is useful even at a personal level: if you give people other people importance through dialogue, you will win them over. I highly recommend reading it and learning the lesson that it brings along. --By Magr on July 19, 2015
As the book title goes, this deals and tells about incidents happen in last 25 years. All the views, stories are coming from a intelligence man do obvious it is through his perception, but definitely sounds true. So overall a good read. --By VyomC on July 24, 2015
There comes a day in one's life when one feels it should all be put down before memory fades. There are endless memories and I have carried a story with me for a long time. SRINAGAR IN THE WINTER OF 1989 was an eerie ghost town witnessing the beginnings of a war dance. The dam burst the night boys from the separatist JKLF group were freed in exchange for the release of Rubaiya Sayeed, the Union home minister's daughter. As Farooq Abdullah had predicted, the government's caving in emboldened many Kashmiris into thinking that azaadi was possible. 'The price we will have to pay' were Farooq's prophetic words. Killings were almost a daily occurrence. Bomb explosions and firings occurred not far from the chief minister's residence in the most secure zone. Gun-toting youth in trucks were seen close to the cantonment. Kashmiris believed that they were on the verge of liberation. A.S. Dulat, who was posted there, saw Intelligence Bureau colleagues being picked off one by one. It was a long, slow haul to regaining control. From then to today, Dulat has had a continuous engagement with Kashmir. The initiatives launched by the Vajpayee government in power from 1998 to 2004 were the high point of this constant effort to keep balance in a delicate state. As Vajpayee said, Kashmir was a problem that had to be solved. In this extraordinary memoir that reads like a thriller, Dulat gives a sweeping account of the difficulties, successes and near triumphs in the effort to bring back Kashmir from the brink. He shows the players, the politics, the strategies and the true intent and sheer ruthlessness of the meddlers from across the border. Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years paints an unforgettable portrait of politics in India's most beautiful but troubled state.