By Caroline Vimla and Inamul Haq
The ongoing situation in Kashmir echoes Frantz Fanon’s formulation that the colonial forces focus on two things: it creates a division and the frontiers are populated by barracks and military forces. It is the military man who is more powerful than anyone else and they are frequent in their actions in order to maintain contact with the natives. The creation of fear is one of the tactics the colonizer employs and, in the process, he uses brute forces.
By Rimli Bhattacharya
When we type “Rape cases in Kashmir” on Google, we are welcomed by a barrage of more than thirty such gruesome results within a span of one year. And the most startling factor is that the majority of these rapes have been executed by the Indian security forces.
By Sabzar Ahmad Bhat
The idea of letting “the Kashmiri people decide their future” comes from a speech, made by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952, in which he said that he would give the Kashmiri people a chance to decide their political future. For this approach to ever become a reality, both Pakistan and India would need to significantly change their attitudes to allow Kashmiri people to play a role in resolving the Kashmir conflict.
By Suaid Rather, Mohammad Umar, and Sobia Bhat
Why are Kashmiris attacked though? Why is that every time a Kashmiri is seen amongst Indians, s/he is seen as the other, an enemy, a terrorist or at least a supporter of some supposed terrorist outfit, thereby blurring the line demarking a civilian and a musketeer?
By Inamul Haq
After being used as a human shield by the Indian army and then labelled a stone-pelter, Dar is now a shunned man. Ever since, he has been struggling to rebuild his life; he suffers from insomnia and depression. The 28-year-old Dar has been unable to find a job and is still fighting for justice. Incidentally, his tormentor, Major Gogoi, has been recently honoured by the Indian Army.
By Arif Khan
Ban has been a favourite plaything of the state in Kashmir. So far the state government has banned the social media, SMS service, and other internet services. They banned everything in Kashmir except things that need to be banned, live bullets and pellet guns while dealing with the protesters.
By Arif Khan
The most significant question is: why has this exceptional violence taken place during an election boycott? The simple answer is that new generation of Kashmiri youth, born and brought up in the conflict of the nineties of the last century are in no mood to compromise.
By Shahid Ashraf
Even though the current situation in Kashmir is undergoing ‘normalcy’, the scars on the body of people hold witness to the state-led barbarity on a people who are caught between the territorial claims of two nuclear armed countries.
By Naveed Ul Rana
A sense of “normalcy” would return to Kashmir, when an ordinary Kashmiri would be able to roam the streets without disclosing his/her identity to every man. “Normalcy” would mean a certain future and a guarantee that an armed man is not going to rape your daughter. The day a Kashmiri would be consulted about his future would be his nirvana.
By Rouf Dar
I remember the recent JNU fiasco when students were booked under sedition laws for similar slogans. Here, sedition is a national habit. We don’t get booked for sedition. We live in extremes. We die and win but don’t live and lose. There is no middle path. This is Kashmir, not India.
By Irfan Mir
On the main road outside Mohammad Yousuf Bhat’s house, a young boy buys a pack of cigarettes from a shop. He is joined by a few more young men and they settle down to talk. At the end of the road, half a dozen men come out of a mosque after saying their prayers. People of the village, it seems, have returned to their lives and have excised Rasiq from their collective memories.