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.
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.
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.
Political historian Ashiq Hussain claims nothing stirred in Kashmir when Maqbool Bhat was executed in 1984 as Maqbool was not considered a hero. In this piece, the author recollects memories of the day of the hanging and how the cultish figure of Maqbool Bhat was renewed post his hanging.