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Writing Histories in Conflict Zones

How does one write histories in a conflict zone, especially where the State makes it difficult to access materials related to the subject being studied? While we have good tools for writing about past conflicts, those tools do not apply to regions like Kashmir, which are currently witnessing conflict.

How many of our historians in the tradition of Gibbon have laboured to examine and digest all the extant authorities, afterwards to select the material from immaterial, then to nally tell the whole true [emphasis mine] long story, making each personage and every fact fall into proper place so as to give unity and perspective to the whole. It is painful to state, but it is a stark truth, none of our contemporary historians have made an effort to put events in the right perspective It is not only distortions but lies about medieval history of Kashmir that are being international-isedThey have coined all derogatory words for the resistance movement started by Kashmiris in 1931If a Scottish [William Dalrymple] who fell in love with dusty Delhi and took the world on an odyssey to Mughal India, why cannot our historians fall in love with their own land and give an unbiased [emphasis mine] history of Kashmir to the world.

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