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Unmasking Kashmir: A Bureaucrat Reveals (HB)

“The way Jammu and Kashmir has been suffering for over past six decades makes one think if there is really a curse on this ‘Paradise on Earth’. J&K’s economy is centred on horticulture, handicrafts, and tourism. But corruption and misrule have spoilt the atmosphere so much that the people feel perpetually alienated from their government. This book presents a ring-side view of the reality of Kashmiri politicians, bureaucrats and the public as never seen before. Sonali Kumar, a starry-eyed young woman, joined the IAS in 1979 to make a difference to India. She chose to come to the State of Jammu and Kashmir where she spent 37 years trying to understand its people, solve their problems and focus on development. What she found there was disturbing – an apartheid regime where the humanity is divided between insiders and outsiders, where outsiders nearly become second class citizens…. She tried to make the administrative system ‘people-friendly’ but soon became a victim herself. Little did she know that her quest for development in Kashmir will become a fight against corruption, nepotism, gender bias, communalism and anti-nationalism – all mixed together. She doesn’t realise that the vested interests she had hurt, will soon hit her back, and may even cost her career, house, perks and even her happiness. Will she succeed? Or will she fail? The book will prove useful both in understanding what the bureaucrats, especially in the IAS, do in J&K and in helping frame some national policies for dealing with the administrative set-up as well as the political problems in the State.”

Rs.625.00 Rs.695.00

Author : Sonali Kumar, IAS Edited by Prasenjeet Kumar

Sonali Kumar

Senior IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer SONALI KUMAR was the FIRST “outsider” “non-state subject” lady IAS officer to be allotted to J&K cadre with a batch of 1979. She has thus worked in the J&K cadre for 36 and a half years and has spent another year watching events unfold as Arun Kumar, her husband, was still in the IAS there.

During this period, Sonali has held in both Government of India as well as in the Government of Jammu and Kashmir assignments related to industry and commerce (including PSUs), textiles (handlooms & handicrafts), education, welfare, forests and environment, agriculture, horticulture, co-operatives, rural and urban development, health and medical education, anti-drought prone and anti-desert area development programmes, revenue, judicial, and even disaster relief operations.

Her myriad experiences spanning all kinds of sectors have, she believes, equipped her with the powers of ideation, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking, and strategic policy insights that only a long stint in IAS probably can endow one with. This is the experience that she thinks she needed to share in the background of this constant national and international focus on the Kashmir Problem.

Weight 0.450 kg
Dimensions 8.7 × 5.51 × 1.57 in
  • प्रकाशक ‏ : ‎ Manas Publications (1 जनवरी 2017)
  • भाषा ‏ : ‎ अंग्रेज़ी
  • हार्डकवर ‏ : ‎ 256 पेज
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 8170495377
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9788170495376

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