Ashant Kashmir is a highly fascinating book which analyses, in the perspective of history, the tumultuous events of the author’s two terms of governorship of the most sensitive and strategic Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The very fact that the book has run into ten editions shows the impact it has created. A sheer glance at the contents of the book reveals the range of issues covered. In regard to all these issues, no assertion has been made which the author has not supported by concrete evidence. The author describes the confusion and contradictions of the Indian political scene and also subjects the webs of distortions, woven by superficial minds or vested interests, to a searching cat-scan. He forcefully argues that the critical challenge in Kashmir can be met only by a reformed and rejuvenated India, with a new vision and a practical insight into ground-level realities.