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Book Discussion of “Unravelling the Kashmir Knot”

May 15, 2017

Book Discussion of “Unravelling the Kashmir Knot”
authored by Dr.Aman Hingorani
Organised by Bangalore International Centre

Dr.Aman Hingorani
Advocate on Record and Mediator, Supreme Court of India
In Conversation with
Ms.Neena Gopal
Resident Editor, Deccan Chronicle, Bengaluru

Chair and Moderator
Justice M.N Venkatachalaiah
Former Chief Justice of India

About the Book
This talk examines the role that international law can play in helping to resolve the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. Dating from the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, the conflict has been driven by Indian bungling, Pakistani intervention and the political expediency of the major powers. With tens of thousands killed and millions rendered homeless, the Kashmir issue has poisoned relations on the sub-continent, given impetus to international terrorism and threatened all-out war between these two nuclear powers.

This talk is based on the book, Unravelling the Kashmir Knot, which relies primarily on British archives to show that the Kashmir issue was the end product of Britain’s ruthless policies to satisfy its geo-political, defence and strategic interests in the Indian subcontinent. In this context, it may be noted that the result of the British colonial politics was the creation of modern day India and Pakistan within a constitutional framework contemplated by British statutes – namely, the Indian Independence Act of 1947 and the modified Government of India Act of 1935. While both India and Pakistan accepted these statutes, their stands on the Kashmir issue remain inconsistent with such constitutional law that gave them birth.

The book argues that the way forward on the Kashmir issue is to first depoliticize it. And a convenient way of depoliticizing any issue is by subjecting it to a legal analysis. While Kashmir is certainly a political issue, it is imperative to separate the legal from the political aspect of the issue, so as to test the legality of the stand of India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue before an international adjudicatay body like the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

About Dr. Aman M Hingorani
Aman M. Hingorani is a practicing lawyer and mediator in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi. Dr Hingorani has also acted as an arbitrator and as adjunct faculty to teach law students and run training courses for young law teachers, lawyers and judicial officers. He has taught in programmes at various institutions in India (including National Judicial Academy, Bhopal; Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi; Indian Law Institute, New Delhi) and abroad (including Keble College, University of Oxford, UK; Law School, Warwick University, UK; South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies, Dhaka, Bangladesh). Dr. Hingorani has 28 other publications, both national and international, on varied subjects ranging from the grant of intellectual property protection to bioengineered life forms to the dynamics of missile proliferation globally.

About Ms. Neena Gopal
A journalist for nearly 40 years, Neena Gopal began her career in a Bangalore that was the hotbed of post-Emergency politics. Moving to the UAE in the 1980s, she worked for the Dubai-based daily Gulf News where, as foreign editor. she travelled in the Middle East during and after Operation Desert Storm, the first Gulf War in 1990, covering war-torn Iraq and its neighbours through the Second Gulf War in 2003. Neena’s other news-hunting ground has been India and its immediate neighbourhood, both as a foreign affairs journalist and as a close observer of the life and times of many leaders in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. She currently edits the Bangalore edition of Deccan Chronicle.

About Justice M N %Pen katachalaiah
M. N. Venkatachaliah served as the Chief Justice of India from 1993 to 1994. In retirement, he has continued to work on anti-corruption and human rights issues, including support for the launch of the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in 2003. He served as the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission and also headed the National Commission to review the working of the Constitution. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2004.

Book Discussion on Friday | 19th May 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

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