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

Pt. Vaishnavi: “I expressly denied that the Kashmir problem was a closed chapter…”

CKS's Mona Bhan recently published a moving tribute to her late grandfather, Pandit Rughonath Vaishnavi. Pt. Vaishnavi, who passed away in 1996, was a champion of the Kashmiri right to self-determination. Bhan recalls: I remember Rughonath Vaishnavi, whom I called Papa, waking up very early in the mornings ––– sometimes before the crack of dawn ––– … Continue reading Pt. Vaishnavi: “I expressly denied that the Kashmir problem was a closed chapter…”

Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Leading human rights defender Khurram Parvez was arrested by Indian authorities on September 16 under the Public Safety Act. This arrest was in the midst of a summer of violence, protests, militarization, and heightened tensions in Kashmir. Parvez is coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), which promotes human rights and justice in … Continue reading Free Khurram — Human Rights Advocate Detained on Way to UN

Madison South Asia Conference 2016

Critical Kashmir Studies scholars participated in this year's Annual South Asia Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for South Asia. Panel abstracts are from the conference schedule. Click through the photos for additional information. Geographies of Law and Power in Kashmir This panel was organized by CKS's Haley Duschinski and chaired by CKS's Mona … Continue reading Madison South Asia Conference 2016