Militarization, Gender and the Kashmir Conflict: A Reading List

Every year since 2014, 23rd February is commemorated as Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day, inspired by the struggles of the survivors of the mass rape and torture in the twin Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora on the night of 23rd February 1991. This list is part of the solidarity campaign for the 2018 Kashmiri Women’s Resistance day.

Note: This list is by no means final or exhaustive please use this as required and send us any resource that you feel should be added here. The email to send us your input is criticalkashmirstudies@gmail.com. Thank you

 Books

  • Batool Essar, et al. Do you remember Kunan Poshpora? Zubaan Books: 2016. [Extract here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LK99S5rSZfzAAtu_Ry5THbY2w0gUanycgmtUKXqGfEw/edit%5D
  • Bhan Mona. Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare?  Routledge: 2013
  • Cabeiri Debergh Robinson. Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists, 2013
  • Chakravarti Uma (ed), Faultines of History :India Papers II  Sexual Violence and Impunity Project. Zubaan Books: 2017.
  • Chatterji, Angana P., Shashi Buluswar, and Mallika Kaur. (eds.) Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence. Zubaan Books: 2016.
  • Habib, Anjum Zamruda. Prisoner No.100. An Account of my Days and Nights in an Indian Prison. Zubaan Books: 2011.
  • Duschinski, Haley, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia, and Cynthia Mahmood. 2018. Resisting Occupation in Kashmir. University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Kazi , Seema. Between Democracy and Nation: Gender and Militarisation in Kashmir, Oxford University Press: 2009
  •  Manecksha Freny. Behold, I shine: Narratives of Kashmir’s women and children. Rupa Publications: 2017. Excerpt Here: http://www.kashmirlit.org/behold-shine-narratives-kashmirs-women-children/
  • Murthy, Laxmi and Mitu Varma. (eds.),  Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, Speaking Tiger, 2016.
  • Zia, Ather. 2018. Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir, Washington University Press

 

Academic Articles/Book Chapters/Special Issues:

  • Bhan, Mona and Deepti Misri. ‘On the Limits of Reconciliation’, in Angana.P, Shashi Buluswar, and Mallika Kaur (eds. ) Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal, Chatterji,  pp 242-244. Zubaan Books : 2016.
  • Chakravarti, Uma. ‘“They Have the Power, They have the Guns: We’d Better Remain Silent”: The Meaning of Impunity on the Ground’ In Singh Navsharan and Patrick Hoenig eds., Landscapes of  fear: Understanding impunity in India. Zubaan Books: 2016
  • Peer, Gazala. ‘Collateral Damage or Regrettable Causality? Sexual Violence and Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir’ in Chakravarti Uma (ed), Faultines of History :India Papers II  Sexual Violence and Impunity Project. Zubaan Books: 2017.
  • Desai Bharat H., and Balraj K Sidhu.  ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52, Issue no 7, February 18, 2017
  • Dewan, Ritu et al. ‘Humsheera, Humsaya’: Women’s Testimonies from Kashmir,  Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.XXIX, No.41, October 8 1994
  • Duschinski, Haley, and Bruce Hoffman. ‘Everyday violence, institutional denial and struggles for justice in Kashmir’. Race & Class 52.4 (2011): 44-70.
  • Engish, Joseph. ‘Honorable Mention – Understanding Sexual Warfare in Kashmir: Prevalence, Consequences, and a Feminist Critique’. Yale Review of International Studies June 2015. http://yris.yira.org/essays/1568
  • Kaul, Nitasha, Indian Obssession With Kashmir: Democracy, Gender, (Anti)Nationalism
  • Kaul, N. (2013) “Everything I Cannot Tell You About The Women Of Kashmir“, in Fahad Shah (ed.) Of Occupation and Resistance: Writings from Kashmir, New Delhi: Westland and Traquebar Press, pp. 252-258, ISBN 978-93-83260-01-0. An earlier version online in The Kashmir Wallah, 7 December 2011.
    Kaul, N. (2016) “From Funerals to Freedom in Kashmir: undoing the Great Indian Democracy“, Open Democracy, 11 July.
  • Kaul. N., & Zia, A. 2018. Women and Kashmir:EPW Women and Kashmir Kaul & Zia 2018, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 47. page 33-36. 2018.
  • Hussain, Sahba. ‘Breaking the Silence: Sexual Violence and Impunity in Jammu and Kashmir’in Jammu and Kashmir’ in Chakravarti Uma (ed), Faultines of History :India Papers II  Sexual Violence and Impunity Project. Zubaan Books: 2017.
  • http://www.india-seminar.com/2017/700/700_sahba_husain.htm
  • Malik, Inshah. ‘Imaginations of self and struggle’.  Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 50, Issue No. 49, December 05, 2015.
  • Malik, Inshah. 2018. Muslim Women, Agency and Resistance Politics. The Case of Kashmir. Palgrave, Pivot.
  • Mathur, Shubh. ‘The Human toll of the Kashmir Conflict. Grief and Courage in a South Asian Borderland’. Palgrave Macmillan: 2016
  • Mushtaq, Samreen and Syed Rabia Bukhari. ‘Critique of Statist Narrative of Women Empowerment in Kashmir’,  Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 53, Issue No.2, January 13, 2018. http://www.epw.in/journal/2018/2/notes/critique-statist-narrative-women-empowerment-kashmir.html
  • Rafiq , Zahid. ‘Shadows of a dark night’ in Murthy, Laxmi and Mitu Varma (eds.),  Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, Speaking Tiger, 2016.
  • Parvez, Ayesha. ‘Sexual Violence and Culture of Impunity in Kashmir’, Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. 49, Issue No. 10, March 8, 2014.
  • Ranjan, Amit.  ‘A Gender Critique of AFSPA: Security for Whom?’ Social Change  Vol 45, Issue 3, pp. 440 – 457, 2015.
  • Rao, Amiya. ‘I am the Judge and I am the Jury, Report of the Press Council on Kashmir’ Economic and Political Weekly. Vol. XXVI, Issue No. 50, 14 Dec, 1991
  • Kazi , Seema.  ‘Rape, Impunity and Justice in Kashmir ‘ 10 Socio-Legal Rev.14. 2014.
  • Seith, Ruth. ‘The Second Front: The Logic of Sexual Violence in Wars’ Elsevier 19 (1996): 35-43. November 24, 2014.
  • Farasat , Warisha Examining Justice and Accountability in Kashmir’ in Murthy, Laxmi and Mitu Varma (eds.),  Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, Speaking Tiger, 2016.
  • Van Der Molen, Thomas, and Ellen Bal. ‘Staging “small, Small Incidents”: Dissent, Gender, and Militarization among Young People in Kashmir’ Focaal Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 60 (2011): 93-107.
  • Verma, Saiba. ‘Interrogating the “Post-conflict” in Indian- Occupied Kashmir.” Cultural Anthropology (2014)
  • Yousuf, Shazia, ‘Widowhood of Shame’ in Murthy, Laxmi and Mitu Varma (eds.),  Garrisoned Minds: Women and Armed Conflict in South Asia, Speaking Tiger, 2016.[ Extracted here https://www.hindustantimes.com/books/review-garrisoned-minds-a-book-on-the-impact-of-militarization-on-women-in-south-asia-s-conflict-zones/story-itGSpFmLiNoxE3ULoCMssO.html]
  • Zia, Ather. ‘The Spectacle of a Good Half-Widow: Women in Search of their Disappeared Men in the Kashmir Valley,’ PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Vol. 39, Number 2, pps. 164–175 (2016)
  • Zia, Ather . Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir: The Case of Fateh Jaan in Of Occupation and Resistance – Writings from Kashmir – an Anthology, Fahad Shah [ed], Westland Publishers, 2013

Editorials/Blog posts/Book Reviews/Interviews

 

Human Rights and Feminist Fact finding  Reports:

 

Films/Documentaries:

  • Iffat Fatima, ‘Khoon Diy Baraav’.
  • Uzma Falak, ‘Till then the roads carry her’.
  • BBC Channel 4, ‘Torture Trail’.  [Mainly about male torture and impunity].
  • Short video on Women searching for the disappeared by Ather Zia [HRC Berkeley, 2009] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_gtVB8XN10

Creative Writing (Novels/Memoir/Poetry/ Short Fiction)

  • Basharat Peer, The Curfewed Night
  • Mirza Wahid, The Collaborator, The Book of Gold Leaves, Tell her Everything
  • Shahnaz Bashir, The Half-mother, The Scattered Souls
  • Feroz Rather, The Night of Broken Glass
  • Malik Sajad, Munnu
  • Ather Zia, Poetry: Prima Facie nothing has happened  https://www.academia.edu/30454561/Poems_for_Kashmir

 

Media