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

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

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

Wake Up and Smell Kashmir’s Undying Resistance

By Ather Zia (Originally posted on the Huffington Post) After Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen fighter was killed in an encounter with the Indian forces, Kashmir plunged into mourning and rose to respond with a relentless show of resistance. A massive crowd joined Burhan's funeral at Tral, his home district. Every city, town and … Continue reading Wake Up and Smell Kashmir’s Undying Resistance