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Misses a lot of fine print about the dispute which makes this program a rather shallow introduction to the problem. Makes no mention of Sheikh Abdullah and related history and needlesly focusses on the Maharaja who was only a minor player in the problem. Sheikh Abdulla, the Kashmiri leader, played most important role in this integration of the state with India. This program does not mention his role.
Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.
This is a rendition of the history of the Kashmir region that though it is overwhelmingly Islamic belongs to India; which is predominantly Hindu. It details how the indecisive British viceroy; Lord Mountbatten contributed to the problem by refusing to make a decision, thus leaving it to the two countries to make the decision. Another one of the solid Great Blunders in History from the History Channel.
Shallow, redundant and unnecessarily convoluted, jumped around from one point to another, then back to the beginning again. And the announcer at the "break" kept saying "Great Wonders in History" rather than blunders... fortunately it didn't cost much.
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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