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.
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.
Children are the worst sufferers of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, advocate G.N Khan writes. The killing of an 11-year-old Owais on an election day opens up the question of how many more kids will die before Kashmir emerges out of the morass of conflict and death.
The essay by Amrita Sharma and Peerzada Raoof is a compilation of some everyday practices and thoughts that make the Kashmiri resistance today. A selection of a few encounters and events, this effort is part of an ethnographic project in progress. The essay is a product of deliberations sparked off after massive street protests by women in the valley earlier last year and the public reprimand issued to them.