Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir


The last decade has been a transformative period in Kashmir, the hotly contested and densely militarized border territory located high in the Himalayan mountains between India and Pakistan. Suppressed and unheard, Kashmiri political aspirations were subordinated to larger geopolitical concerns--by opposing governments laying claim to Kashmir, by security experts promoting bilateral peace settlements in the region, and by academic researchers studying the conflict. But since 2008, Kashmiris who grew up in the midst of armed insurgency and counterinsurgency warfare have been deploying new strategies for challenging India's state and military apparatus and projecting their legal and political claims for freedom from Indian rule to global audiences. Resisting Occupation in Kashmir analyzes the social and legal logic of India's occupation of Kashmir in relation to colonialism, militarization, power, democracy, and sovereignty. It also traces how Kashmiri youth are drawing on the region's long history of armed rebellion against Indian domination to reimagine the freedom struggle in the twenty-first century.

Resisting Occupation in Kashmir presents new ways of thinking and writing about Kashmir that cross conventional boundaries and point toward alternative ways of conceptualizing the past, present, and future of the region. The volume brings together junior and senior scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds who have conducted extensive fieldwork during the past decade in various regions of Kashmir. The contributors, many of whom were born and raised during the peak of the conflict in the 1990s, offer ethnographically grounded perspectives on contemporary social, legal, and political life in ways that demonstrate the multiplicity of experiences of Kashmiri communities. The essays highlight the ways in which this scholarly orientation--built through collaboration and dialogue across different kinds of borders--offers a new critical approach to Kashmir studies at this transformative and generative moment.

Contributors : Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski, Farrukh Faheem, Gowhar Fazili, Bruce Hoffman, Mohamad Junaid, Seema Kazi, Ershad Mahmud, Cynthia Mahmood, Saiba Varma, Ather Zia.


I’m the rebel of the streets that been eulogized in blood
Dramatized in politics duly hated with no love
Demonized in the news with their fabricated tales
While sodomized young kids are still screaming in their jails

Lost and never found in this facade of peace
Reflected in thoughts, that Dajjal now breathes
He speaks to his puppets and silhoets now tremble
‘Cause the brave men are dead and all cowards resemble

Satan’s evil empire is reaching out to hold thee
Since money can buy out your political theory
And your unborn child, is raised as a traitor
Livin’ on blood money and he doubts his Creator

Misleaded by his greed till his soul starts to blacken
And he sees his own face in the signs of Armageddon
And this earth will shake ‘cause of the crimes he did
His bones will break holdin’ the coffin of his Kid

They gave us blood and hate then wondered why we all
        are rebels
In the Land of Saints each man raised is called a rebel

—MC Kash, Why We Rebels

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