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Beyond the Metanarrative of Political Conflict

The Story of Kashmir and Its People

Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation edited by Chitralekha Zutshi, Cambridge, UK; NY, USA; Melbourne, Australia; New Delhi and Singapore: Cambridge University Press, 2018; pp xii+338, price not indicated.

The edited volume Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation brings together 14 essays on the region of Kashmir, ranging from the 14th century into the present day. The collection features interdisciplinary work from a wide range of fields, including literature, film and media studies, gender studies, history, political science, anthropology, religious studies, and sociology. Shifting the lens from the high politics of the Kashmir “conflict,” to “less well-known aspects and areas of Kashmir,” it seeks to destabilise the notion of Kashmir as simply a disputed territory (p 3). In doing so, it aims to

illuminate the diversity and range of experiences, ideas, institutions, individuals, forms of resistance and interactions with the outside world that have shaped, and continue to shape, Kashmir and its people. (p ix)

The study of Kashmir has made substantial progress from the time when it was mired in scholarly disputes over the nature of events in 1947, or analysis of the multiple causes of the armed uprising against the Indian state in the late 1980s. As a result, the sheer range of scholarly possibilities that the volume as a whole considers, is promising.

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Updated On : 20th Oct, 2018
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