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Thinking Kashmir

Waiting is so much a part of everydayness, including waiting for peace, waiting for your loved ones to come home, waiting for curfew to end, waiting for the army to go home. Between silence and waiting one can create a narrative of the Kashmir conflict. Unlike the Holocaust or partition, which have the gigantism of epic memories, the sadness of Kashmir is forged, crafted out of thousands of little memories, unwritten diaries merging quietly together. It is this alchemy of memories that is struggling against government policy, which sanitises violence and erases memory to create this strange machine that moves from violence to violence in facile amnesia.


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This project is an act of listening, of recording conversations of a worried academic with a small group of students from Kashmir. It seeks through their suggestions an alternative set of perspectives and categories that breaks the current impasse where Kashmir has almost given up on Indian democracy. Here, a scholar listened and learned from his students. This is a small harvest of his understanding of Kashmir. Thanks to Poonam Zutshi, Peerzada Raouf, Mohammed Tabish, Peerzada Muqeem and Misria Ali for their insights.

Updated On : 27th Sep, 2017


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