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

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

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

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…”

Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

By Ather Zia (Originally posted on SAMAR) In not so recent past most Kashmiri women shared two notable traits. They did not like to buy meat from the butcher and at no cost would they make their grief public. The butcher’s shop was a shunned site maybe because it typified exposure to uncouth, aggressive and … Continue reading Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

The Fight to Free Kashmir Requires Your Solidarity

By Hafsa Kanjwal (Originally posted on Alternet) In the past week, a fresh wave of violence in Indian-held Kashmir has left 36 (and counting) people dead and over 1,500 injured, including women and children. Over 100 youth have been hit in the eye by pellet ammunition used by security forces, many of whom will be … Continue reading The Fight to Free Kashmir Requires Your Solidarity

Our Mourning is Real: The Politics of Memorialization in the Activism Against Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir

By Niharika Pandit In ‘The Storytelling of Science’, a debate organized by the Arizona State University, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about Dutch painter Van Gogh’s pre-dawn painting Starry Night. Tyson says that the painting has a foreground—it has Cyprus trees, a village, Church steeple, among other things, yet Van Gogh did not name the … Continue reading Our Mourning is Real: The Politics of Memorialization in the Activism Against Enforced Disappearances in Kashmir