Kashmir has seen many ups and downs. The State was the battle-field of as many as four Indo-Pak wars—the last one being the Kargil War. These wars have however, not been able to disturb the placid waters of the Dal-lake. While the Jhelum flows unabated, the beautiful lakes, snow clad mountains, saffron fields, cherry blossoms and the Chinar trees continue to attract and mesmerize the tourists from all over the world. The State represents the ideals of a multi-religious, multi-lingual, multi-racial and a secular society which inevitably links its destiny with India and neither war nor any amount of terrorism from across the border could separate the people of the State from the rest of India.
The book was first published in 1994 with the title 'Kashmir : Paradise in Turmoil'. The entire edition was sold out within a few days. The publishers, M/s. National Publishing House, wanted that the second edition of the book should be brought out immediately. I advised them that we should wait till some new developments take place in Kashmir, so that the utility of the book may increase. After about 5 years came the Kargil War-the fourth Indo-Pak. War since Pakistan came into being 52 years ago. The Kargil War has added another feather in the cap of our defence forces and provided me an opportunity to add a new chapter on Kargil War to the book. I am sure the reader will welcome this addition to the book.
Accordingly, a minor change has been made in the title of the book from "Kashmir: Paradise in Turmoil" to "Kashmir: Accession to Kargil".
I dedicate this edition of the book to the Kargil heroes who sacrificed their lives in the service of our mother-land-India.
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