Critical Kashmir Studies’ Hafsa Kanjwal recently spoke with Al Jazeera in a discussion about the heightened tensions in Kashmir in August 2016.
People throughout Kashmir came out in protest in response to Indian soldiers’ killing of a prominent Kashmiri separatist, Burhan Wani, in July. Police quickly responded with a strict curfew. More than 50 were killed and hundreds injured by India’s security forces in the following month.
“Today what we see is that the youth are actually very much in charge.” Kanjawal explained to Al Jazeera presenter Folly Bah Thibault. “They are dictating the terms of where this movement is going to be headed.”
“It’s the youth who are on the streets, along with men, women, and children that are going outside their homes, knowing that they will very likely be shot or harassed or beaten up. But they are very absolute in their demand for self-determination.”
Kanjwal is a Kashmiri graduate scholar at the University of Michigan who focuses on the history of the Kashmiri protest movement.
This Al Jazeera broadcast also featured Vivek Katju (retired Indian Foreign Service officer) and Kavita Krishnan (social rights activist and secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association).