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

Canine Representations in Malik Sajad’s Munnu

Amit R. Baishya I begin this post with a disclaimer. I am not a Kashmir studies scholar and my essay on Malik Sajad’s Munnu is my first piece on literature from Kashmir (see https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02759527.2018.1514152). I am a Northeast Indian Studies specialist, and my recently published book was on the literary representation of survival in states … Continue reading Canine Representations in Malik Sajad’s Munnu

A New Reader, “Resisting Occupation in Kashmir”

A first of its kind reader on Kashmir titled Resisting Occupation in Kashmir co-edited by Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia and Cynthia Mehmood, published by Univerity of Pennsylvania Press, 2018 "The last decade has been a transformative period in Kashmir, the hotly contested and densely militarized border territory located high in the Himalayan mountains between … Continue reading A New Reader, “Resisting Occupation in Kashmir”

On Uncertain Ground: A Study of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir

An ethnography by Ankur Datta that explores the social position of the displaced Pandits from camps to the larger city of Jammu and their relationship to nationalisms both Indian and Kashmiri, and the state. Click below to read an excerpt "Making a Claim" from the book Chapter-6-Making a Claim Click here to read a detailed … Continue reading On Uncertain Ground: A Study of Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir

More-than-human bodies of Kashmir

Omer Aijazi Since when have maps become so sacrosanct? - Arundhati Roy Are borders and their readjustments, the only possible vocabulary for Kashmir? If we understand Kashmir as fluid and heterogeneously lived and pay attention to its human and more-than-human bodies -their movements and flows- what analytical and philological opportunity emerge that allow us to … Continue reading More-than-human bodies of Kashmir

Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?

In Aljazeera's Upfront with Mehdi Hassan Ather Zia debated Sualeh Keen for the case for independence. Aljazeera reports: Indian-administered Kashmir is one of the most militarised places in the world. Recent violence between demonstrators and Indian security forces in the disputed region left at least 80 civilians dead and about 12,000 wounded. One group even accused Indian … Continue reading Is self-determination on the cards for Kashmiris?