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Great Blunders in History: Kashmir | [The History Channel]

Great Blunders in History: Kashmir

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.
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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.

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    Master Yoda 01-07-09
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    "a shallow introduction to the problem"

    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.

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    Sammie Bozeman, MT, United States 12-04-12
    Sammie Bozeman, MT, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    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.

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    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 10-29-11
    Craig A. Godeke Montreal, QC Canada 10-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not really an audiobook"

    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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