The Lost Rebellion

The Lost Rebellion

Kashmir in the Nineties


The Lost Rebellion is an acclaimed classic on the rise of Kashmir militancy, which chronicles how a simple call for azadi by bands of disgruntled youth was transformed within a year into a full-scale jihad against India. It dwells at length on Pakistan's proxy war against India, exposes the US position on Kashmir and unsparingly critiques the political bungling and bureaucratic ineptitude that hamstrung the fight against insurgency.

This updated edition includes an insightful foreword by Amitabh Mattoo, a new introduction and a detailed aftermath chapter on what has transpired in the new millennium. Manoj Joshi reveals that although violence has come down drastically, there has been no closure to the nearly three-decade-old conflict. The alienation of the Kashmiris has, if anything, grown and is now manifesting itself in violent civil protest.

Raw, compelling and meticulously researched, The Lost Rebellion is a riveting account of the human drama that lies at the heart of the crisis that is Kashmir.

'In its sheer wealth of detail it far surpasses anything that has been written so far'-Prem Shankar Jha

'A compelling and breathtaking account'-Sumit Ganguly

'The best book on the Kashmir militancy'-Ashok Banker


544 Pages | ISBN13 9780143446491
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Manoj Joshi
Manoj Joshi
Manoj Joshi studied at St Stephen's College, New Delhi, and Lucknow University. He received his PhD from the School of International Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A professional journalist who has worked as a correspondent and columnist with The Hindu, the Times of India and the Economic Times, he was the Washington correspondent of the Financial Express in 1995-96. He was defence editor at India Today, editor ('Views') at Hindustan Times and the national affairs editor at Mail Today. Along with Robert Crunden and Chandrashekhar Rao he edited New Perspectives on America and South Asia (1984). He is the author of Kashmir 1947-1965: A Story Retold (2008). He has contributed chapters to several scholarly books on India's defence and security, and lectured and written on the subject in professional institutions and journals in India and abroad. He has been a member of the National Security Council's advisory board from 2004-07, and he was a member of the blue-ribbon National Security Task Force headed by Naresh Chandra from 2011-12. Joshi lives in New Delhi and is currently a distinguished fellow with the Observer Research Foundation.
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