Kashmir conflict straddles on notions of religious and the political ever since its inception in 1947 or even before that in 1931. In this short essay, Waseem Makai grapples with the question of religion and where does this question arise in the context of the larger Kashmir problem, and are we at any liberty to do away with this delineation.
The ongoing conflict in Kashmir has had multiple consequences for the Kashmiri society. One of the ignored and hidden consequence remains the deep impact conflict has had on the minds of Kashmiri people. This short essay by two doctors Khawar Khan Achakzai and Iqra Shah looks at the multiple effects conflict has borne on the psychological health of the Kashmiri people.
A group of young Kashmiri performing artists enact a performance in the heart of Srinagar, while some onlookers look on and some feebly participate. The essay is a recollection of the act by an Imphal based playwright BemBem on her experience with Noon Tueth, and some more experiences related to it.
Sohini Chatterjee argues that the book, by foregrounding the lived realities of Kashmiris who came of age from 1947 to 1989, challenges the mainstream history of the Valley told through the narrow lens of the dispute between India and Pakistan.
In this piece Waseem Ahad examines one video story, capturing the pastoral beauty of his native village and at the same time erasing the realities which fuel social life here, to highlight the internalization of the ‘beauty’ trope by the people of Kashmir as an exemplar of symbolic violence.