The essay by Khushdeep Kaur Malhotra begins to fore the narratives of Kashmiri Sikh women following a gruesome massacre of Sikhs in Chittisinghpora in 2000. The essay attempts to integrate the experience of the militarization of Kashmiri Sikh women with the dominant narrative of Kashmiri Muslim women and argues for creating space for Sikh Women in Kashmiri discourses.
The author Sabeeha Shaheen's birth coincided with the Bijbehara massacre and Dargah Siege. In this piece, she talks about her journey of growing up in the midst of a conflict, experiencing militarization closely to developing a deep interest in politics.
Burhan Qureshi argues that the events of the last decade have yet again crystallized the crisis of legitimacy and control in Kashmir. The 'New Mainstream’ seeks to restore this lost legitimacy and faith in the State by offering itself as an 'unstained' ally to it
Dhaar Mehak dwells on the normalization of militarization and violence in the lives of ordinary Kashmiris over the years and a point in time where this 'normal' is questioned by young people and redefined in an era of political awakening.