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Craig

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  • Great Blunders in History: Kashmir

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By The History Channel
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    (29)
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    (9)
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    (10)

    Right up to the moment when India and Pakistan became independent, the last British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was undecided as to which country should incorporate Kashmir into its borders. It was decided by the Hindu Maharajah that his largely Muslim state should join India. His decision precipitated a virtual state of war between the two countries and a bitter territorial dispute that persists to this day.

    Master Yoda says: "a shallow introduction to the problem"
    "Not really an audiobook"
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    This seems to be merely the audio track from an episode from the History Channel, complete with breaks for commercials and repeated summaries. It doesn't make for a good listen.
    As for the content, in order to conform to the series title they needed to transform a complex situation into a simple blunder, as though everything would have turned out all right in Kashmir if only Mountbatten had been more decisive. In place of information they use silly dramatic gimmicks and repetition.
    I'd go for Mark Tully's India if you want a short short of Indian history.

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