Related links & material
De-normalising the ‘normal’ in Kashmir, a patient and sensitive piece on Cups of nun chai, by Nawaz Gul Qanungo, published in Kashmir Reader and Times of India Crest Edition.
Some interesting items about the current situation in Kashmir
- Shooting the Messenger, an editorial from Economic and Political Weekly about the deportation of award-winning journalist David Barsamian and the world’s largest democracy’s fear of being questioned about its actions in Kashmir.
- Kashmir’s Forever War, Basharat Peer, Granta, Autumn, 2010
- Kashmir unrest: A letter to an unknown Indian, Basharat Peer, The Economic Times, August, 2010.
- Basharat Peer interviewed about Kashmir’s Summer of 2010 Democracy Now
- Bashart Peer, author of Curfewed Night, with Riz Khan on AlJazeera.
- The courage of a stolen childhood, Kashmiri photojournalist Showkat Nanda on children, stones, photographs and journalistic neutrality in the face of death in Indian administered Kashmir.
- Voice from the Valley, Nawaz Gul Qanungo speaks with author Mirza Waheed. Released in February 2011, Waheed’s book The Collaborator is the first Kashmiri novel to appear on the world stage.
- Four Months the Kashmir Valley Will Never Forget, a fact finding report about the Summer of 2010 by Vrinda Grover, Ravi Hemadri, Bela Bhatia and Sukumar Muralidharan. Download the full pdf from Kafila.org
- Toll reaches 118 as Haneefa looses battle with life -report in Kashmir Dispatch
- The Guardian reports on WikiLeaks cables describing India’s “systematic use of torture in Kashmir”.
- Arundhati Roy’s response to a court order directing the Delhi Police to file an FIR against her for waging war against the state. As she argues, “Perhaps they should posthumously file a charge against Jawaharlal Nehru too. Here is what he said about Kashmir:”
- Fact finding report on the recent violence in Kashmir; individual reports published progressively on Kafila.org
- Kashmir: A Time for Freedom by Angana Chatterji, Professor, Department of Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies.
- The People Are With Us, at a time of increased violence and a rising death toll in Indian-administered Kashmir, Dilnaz Boga talks to Masarat Alam Bhat , leader of the Quit Kashmir campaign, about the struggle for azaadi (freedom) and the sacrifices involved.
- What are Kashmir’s Stone Pelters Saying to Us? by Sanjay Kak in Economic and Political Weekly, vol xlv no.37 September 11, 2010.
- I Witness from New Delhi, by Suvaid Yaseen in Kashmir Dispatch.
- Kashmir’s Abu Gharaib? Shuddhabrata Sengupta’s compelling and very important essay on a video showing Indian armed forces parading a group of young naked Kashmiri men through an open field. The video was circulated on facebook and youtube only to suddenly disappear, along with any online chats or discussions relating to the video. The essay provides an important insight into the implications of the video and its online removal.
- Activist Khurrum Pervez advocates a non violent resolution to Kashmir on Radio Netherlands.
- I’m a Pacifist. But here’s why I want to be a stone pelter by Zahid Rafiq in Tehelka, August 28, 2010.
- Ajaz Baba, a general surgeon at SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, writes of his view from the emergency room in Tehelka.
Art, literature, music and other elusive (& occasionally cheeky) cultural forms
- Graffiti: a form of resistance in Kashmir, Haziq Qadri speaks with a street artist from Kashmir
- Normal? What’s that? Freny Manecksha speaks with some of Kashmir’s young artists, writers and filmmakers about their work in occupied Kashmir.
- Window to My City and I’m counting – two poems by Feroz Rather.The former explores the contemporary mood of Srinagar while the latter laments the rising death toll in Kashmir during the Summer of 2010.
- Kashmir’s first “rapper”, Roushan Illahi, popularly known as MC Kash talks of his inspiration, resistance music, history and a lot more in an interview with Rising Kashmir.
- Literary Society of Kashmir
- During the celebrations commemorating India’s independence from British rule on August 15th 2010, a suspended police constable named Abdul Ahad Jan, threw his shoe at Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and called for freedom. The video can be viewed here.
Newspapers, online magazines and blogs from Kashmir