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Lecture | Studium Generale

Understanding Kashmir

Wednesday 9 October 2019
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

August 5th, 2019 marked a turning point in the history of Kashmir.  After being largely invisible in the international news for decades, it is now in the headlines:
‘For Kashmir, “Normalcy” is a word that needs to be abrogated’, ‘ Kashmir turned into an open-air prison’, ‘Modi’s Kashmir gamble’. This talk will situate the ongoing military siege of Kashmir accompanied by a total communication blackout and human rights violations of its residents within a longer historical background predating the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan. It will draw upon literature and reportage that often do not find their way into the mainstream public sphere. In addition to the focus on the Kashmir Valley, it will also lend insight into regional complexities with a particular focus on the voice and predicaments of the Shia Muslims of Kargil (Ladakh) who have rarely figured in political decisions affecting their destiny. The talk will raise questions about what this might suggest about the future of Indian democracy and federalism.  

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