Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_gtVB8XN10 When CKS's Ather Zia was a student fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Human Rights Center, she produced this short film about women's involvement in human rights movements in Indian-administered Kashmir. "I have been dashed to ground," one of the women in the film explains. "One who has felt the pain knows. My … Continue reading Short film explores women’s role in fighting disappearances

Fluid landscapes, sovereign nature: Conservation and counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir

This article analyzes how environmentalism reinscribed violent forms of state sovereignty in the disputed region of Kashmir in the aftermath of a decades-long uprising against Indian rule. After the return of an elected government, six years after its suspension in 1990, environmental restoration legitimized new forms of state and nature making in Kashmir. Nature rather … Continue reading Fluid landscapes, sovereign nature: Conservation and counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

CKS member Ather Zia contributed this photo essay of 15 images and text from the field in Kashmir to the Association for the Anthropology of Policy earlier this year. This study was undertaken through the Engaged Anthropology Grant with the Wenner-Gren Foundation. You can find this essay in its original form on Anthropology of Policy's … Continue reading Kashmir photo essay shared by Anthro of Policy Instagram

Rethinking ‘Colonial’ in Kashmir History

By CKS Affiliated Scholar Amit Kumar My paper questions the assumption of many south Asian historians that there was only one form of British empire in South Asia across time and space. I argue for a multiplicity of policies, ideas and experiences of British Empire, which made it work differently in different regions and times. … Continue reading Rethinking ‘Colonial’ in Kashmir History

“Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in Kashmir

This was originally posted on Cultural Anthropology. In 2003, India and Pakistan declared a ceasefire to stop years of cross-border shelling across the disputed Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Declared five years after the end of India and Pakistan’s first war as nuclear rivals in Kargil, the ceasefire was hailed by … Continue reading “Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in Kashmir

Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

On International Women's Day (March 8) in 2015, CKS's Ather Zia discussed women's roles in the Kashmiri resistance movement on Dorabji's radio show. This was part of a broader conversation on how women resist occupation in Palestine and Kashmir and the gendered effects of occupation. Zia was interviewed alongside Samia Showman (Palestinian American educator) and … Continue reading Women in Resistance: Kashmir and Palestine

Divide and Rule

By Mona Bhan (Originally posted on Kindle Magazine) What are the stakes for Kashmir’s border communities in the ongoing struggle for azadi from India? Those who question Kashmir’s right to self-determination invariably fall back on its diverse ethnic and religious minorities to reject Kashmiri aspirations for azadi. The standard iteration of this narrative is that … Continue reading Divide and Rule

Suvir Kaul reflects on Second Annual RNV Lecture

By Suvir Kaul On July 25, 2015, I was honored to give the Second Annual Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi Lecture in Srinagar. This lecture series was initiated by a committee of human rights lawyers, academics, journalists and film-makers in 2014, who are determined to invite each year “a speaker committed to the humanist pursuit of social … Continue reading Suvir Kaul reflects on Second Annual RNV Lecture

Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

By Bilal Hussain Unabated curfews, clampdown on all sorts of communications including media gag, and protests in Indian-administered Kashmir is not a new phenomenon, it has been going on since 1947. So far 95 civilians have died, and over 15,000 people have also been injured across the Kashmir valley since July 9th, 2016 after the killing … Continue reading Is Independent Kashmir Possible?

JKCCS releases “People’s Dossier” on Khurram Parvez

JKCCS issued the following statement upon the release of "State versus Khurram Parvez: A People's Dossier." Please click here to download the dossier in pdf format. Today, the 55th day of Khurram Parvez’s unlawful detention, marks the 124th day of continued curfew, restrictions and widespread and systematic State violence against the people of Jammu and … Continue reading JKCCS releases “People’s Dossier” on Khurram Parvez