Contents: Unmasking the Conflict: Making sense of the recent uprisings in Kashmir (Issue 32)
Posts tagged ‘Azaadi’
By Idrees Kanth and Muhammad Tahir
Words like occupation, suppression, martyr, aazadi, farce of Indian democracy, crackdown, curfew, disorder, depression, ptsd, pellets, etc., strewn across these write-ups familiarise us with the vocabulary that young Kashmiris grow up with, a lexicon not frequently employed by those who live in otherwise more ‘normal’ societies than the Kashmiri people do. Yet, these words and the narratives framed around them should not only be read as a conscious assertion against the oppression that the Kashmiri youth face, but also a symptom of what they have undergone.
By Uzma Falak
Portions of “Recorded Rotten Stereo Sounds, A Rape Survivor’s Testimonial” are based on testimonies of Kunan-Poshpur rape survivors and statements of army and other state apparatus. The story of Kunan and Poshpur should not only help us understand the workings of Indian state machinery, it’s the multi-pronged and systematic occupational strategies and workings of other statist agencies and colonial projects, but it also helps us see the cornerstone of Kashmir’s culture – the culture of resistance.
By Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh
PSA thus allows for the creation of a complete, complex, self enclosed, and socialized carceral system – a system of collective, indefinite punitive containment with no exit, where the process is quite literally the punishment. The state creates a political buffer zone, coercing and blackmailing families and the recalcitrant and striking population to actively engage with its institutions – the local extortionate police official, the distant bureaucrat, the obdurate jailer.
By Basharat Ali
For individuals coming from the ‘marginalised’ communities, success in sports has often been used to mark a change in the living conditions of the groups they represent. The history of sports in America can further explain this better. The athletic scene in America is dominated by the blacks. This has been made possible as a result of sustained efforts from the American establishment to promote a culture of sports only to appropriate the individual success of athletes to whitewash its inherent racism against the blacks.
By Mehraj Bhat
Working as a volunteer for more than two months in the hospital, I witnessed the brutality in its nude form, but also hope in the eyes of every new injured brought to the hospital. A huge rush of people thronged the hospitals, asking if they could donate blood for the injured, chanting slogans: “Hum Kya Chahte Azadi, Burhan Tere Khoon se Inqilaab Ayega, Aasie jaan detna-ghar baar detna, masoom detna, teli kyaze yeeni teli kyaaze yeene.”
By Muhammad Tahir
Though significant traumatic events like uprisings do not occur frequently, but political resistance through formal and informal networks, general strikes – in the last 27 years, from 1990 to 2016, hartal [general strike] has been observed over 2000 times against many events and incidents – curfews, state-imposed restrictions and other aspects of the military occupation, in general, effects a persistent traumatic condition in which not only this narrative culture reinforces itself but also the self-identity of the youth which gets shaped in the process.
By Amrita Singh
Sajad is conscious that his “autographic” narrative shouldn’t be considered giving the picture of Kashmir; it is not a photograph of “reality” but a drawn image that gives one version of what it has been like to grow up in Kashmir. The older, recollective voice is narratorial, bringing to attention the purposive act of giving an account and the innocent, discovering, faltering is the child’s voice. Here the distinction between the self and the other breaks down leading to a moment of autobiographical reflection not narrated, not explained by words but literalised in image.
By Tavseef Mairaj
The ascension of a young man in his late twenties to the position of Imam of the main mosque of the village had the youth flocking to the mosque as never before. In the backdrop of three non-violent uprisings against Indian rule in succession in three years, the youth of the village looked upon the new Imam not just a someone who led them in prayers 5 times daily but as someone to ask in political and social matters.
By Rouf Dar
India again needed to talk to Kashmiris to bring about “peace”. Named as “crisis managers” by a leading newspaper, however, the delegation’s attempt to neutralise people courtesy certain ruses failed yet again, for a blinded and paralysed people would never talk to their perpetrators. How could one expect people to sit on the same table with their murderers, that too expecting the problem to perpetuate further?