Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights Advocacy through Representations of Pleasure

Rakhshan Rizwan  Then it begins, first with the croak of the worn-out cassette player struggling to read the tape, then a sudden loud harmonious tune, a prelude to the famous wedding song ‘Aakho Shahr-e-Sheerazo’. People have listened to this before, the young perhaps all their lives on the radio and many older people on the … Continue reading Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights Advocacy through Representations of Pleasure

DECOLONIAL FEMINIST STATEMENT ON #METOO IN KASHMIR

We have been witnessing the series of allegations brought by women journalists - both Indian and Kashmiri - against some prominent male Kashmiri journalists. Firstly, we would like to add our unqualified and unambiguous support to the women who have been naming these abusive men in the journalistic community. We hear you. We believe you. … Continue reading DECOLONIAL FEMINIST STATEMENT ON #METOO IN KASHMIR

Resource Guide for the Annual Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day Campaign [Feb 23 – March 8]

  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 … Continue reading Resource Guide for the Annual Kashmiri Women’s Resistance Day Campaign [Feb 23 – March 8]

Call for Papers Economic and Political Weekly special issue on Gender and Kashmir

Title: Kashmir: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality, and Militarization, Guest editors: Kaul, Nitasha and Zia, Ather The Economic and Political Weekly is bringing out an issue focusing on Women and Gender in Kashmir. We believe that this is a very important intervention into the contemporary debates on what is often referred to as “the Kashmir … Continue reading Call for Papers Economic and Political Weekly special issue on Gender and Kashmir

Seeing Delhi from Kashmir, at midnight

By Shubh Mathur Neither the pasts nor the futures of South Asia can be contained within the borders of 1947. The question in the South Asian context is not about the feasibility of small independent nations like Kashmir and Nagaland, but whether the behemoth is viable. Militarily and politically speaking, the answer is, possibly yes, … Continue reading Seeing Delhi from Kashmir, at midnight

Political Struggles, Agency, and Muslim Women: A study of three Resistance Movements in Kashmir

By Inshah Malik The research I conducted in Kashmir in June 2013 is shaped through personal encounters with systems of power, and also through a self-directed exploration on the question of agency of Kashmiri Muslim women. A clear strand of Indian interventionist feminist work on Kashmir, reiterates the western ideas on Muslim women, with focus … Continue reading Political Struggles, Agency, and Muslim Women: A study of three Resistance Movements in Kashmir

Kashmir and Pakistan’s Savior Nationalism

By Nosheen Ali “…While India continues with the worst kind of state terrorism to intimidate the Kashmiris into submission, Pakistan keeps on extending its all-out moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in their just freedom struggle. The people of occupied Kashmir are once again on the streets, defying curfews and other restrictions following … Continue reading Kashmir and Pakistan’s Savior Nationalism

Kashmir and the Ideology of the Indian Deep State

By John Maerhofer The imperialist project carried out by India in Kashmir is defined by the ideology of the deep state. As it is used in the mainstream, the deep state may refer to state within the state elements which operate to secure and maintain power, depending on the specificities of the historical moment and … Continue reading Kashmir and the Ideology of the Indian Deep State

Kashmir from Orient to a State of Exception

Essay published in The Funambulist Issue 8, Nov-Dec 2016 Ather Zia Kashmir, the Orient Historically the global imagination has often reflected on Kashmir, the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom through scenes of colonial idyll, wilderness, and romance. This imagery was fine tuned through works like “Lalla Rookh: An Oriental Romance” a poem written in 1817 by Thomas … Continue reading Kashmir from Orient to a State of Exception

Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests

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 … Continue reading Kanjwal contributes to Al Jazeera discussion on 2016 protests