By Shah Fahad

Kashmir, as soon as eulogised by way of emperors and poets as a land of remarkable attractiveness, has this day mutated right into a deeply bothered area. The post-Partition territorial disputes among India and Pakistan and the armed freedom events of 1989 and after, have uncovered the Valley to frequent insurgency and one of many bloodiest, so much repressive army occupations on this planet; there are extra males in uniform and weapons in Kashmir than in all of Kabul or Benghazi.

in spite of the fact that, past the evidence of political breakdown, there's a panorama that's deeply own. Of profession and Resistance recognises this, via collating the tales of Kashmiris residing below the country oppression ? of a schoolgirl dealing with the specter of day-by-day ?crackdowns?; of a gravedigger burying the our bodies of maimed formative years; of a griefstricken boy protesting along with his song; of a distressed photojournalist becoming a member of stone throwers; or a mom anticipating her son to come back from his enforced disappearance.

via those bills of mislaid childhoods and non-stop oppression, what emerges such a lot powerfully is the primacy of reminiscence its capability to checklist, enhance, suppress or erase; to reward a fierce global with which means; to construct new lives. so much of all, the narratives remind us that the acts of telling and re-telling, of recalling and forgetting ? those are the main effective types of protest.

opposed to the rallying cries of azadi and the demands freedom and justice, Of profession and Resistance has an important position. For, it acts as a map ? a consultant for these analysing Kashmir, a fraught terrain of hope.

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I was beginning to understand how a conflict looked and how it changed people’s lives, including mine. In the late 1990s, an American woman visited my native town of Varmul in Northern Kashmir. She had come to report a suicide attack on an Indian army garrison by militants; the event had taken place a few days earlier. Pointing towards a group of cricket-playing children that I myself was a part of, she asked if anyone could speak English. She wanted to talk to us because children, I suppose, are quite straightforward about whatever they witness.

You cannot pluck the rose without its thorns! And what do you lose with a free press? Marx said that the free press is the ubiquitous vigilant eye of a people’s soul, the embodiment of a people’s faith in itself, the eloquent link that connects the individual with the state and the world, the embodied culture that transforms material struggles into intellectual struggles and idealises their crude material form. He argued that it is a people’s frank confession to itself – and the redeeming power of confession is well known.

He argued that it is a people’s frank confession to itself – and the redeeming power of confession is well known. 10 In Kashmir, however, the state neither allows for ‘frank confession’ nor makes space for a ‘spiritual mirror in which a people can see itself’. 11 The brutal repression of the demand for rights always leads to a tragedy. Such calamities and losses have been faced by almost anyone who has tried to unearth the truth; dissenters have inevitably faced the wrath of the government forces.

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