ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Rakesh Ankit

J F Duff and the University Education Commission of India, 1948-49

It has been a difficult period for university education in India, with the controversy around the four-year undergraduate programme joining the old complaints about lack of autonomy, political interference, financial ill-health, and deteriorating standards of academics and administration. In these times, the thoughts of one who was present at the conception of independent India's university structure and contributed to its making are a fascinating window into the state of affairs 65 years ago.

1948: The Crucial Year in the History of Jammu and Kashmir

The involvement of the British in Kashmir even after India's and Pakistan's independence, British realpolitik, crystallisation of Cold War politics and an "idealist" infant United Nations - all had major roles to play in the imbroglio between India and Pakistan over the state. A historical overview of the events in 1948 that "sealed the fate of Jammu and Kashmir" is presented here after perusing papers of the British government of that time, which have been released after 60 years.