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SASNET seminar on the struggle for Azadi in Kashmir
April 22, 2014 - 15:15-17:00
Dr. Faheem’s research mainly focuses on Identity politics, Political Mobilization, Religious Nationalism, and Community Development, with a focus on Jammu and Kashmir. In his presentation, he will discuss the fact that Kashmir as a disputed territory presents itself as a space and the site of contestations between India, Pakistan and its inhabitants.
While India and Pakistan respectively claim Kashmir to be their Atoot Ange (Inseparable part) and Shahrage (Jugular Vein), the people of Kashmir have resisted such claims. By attaching meanings to the historical events people of Kashmir have continuously shaped the political discourse and resisted interpretations by others. This ‘meaning making’ as a part of Kashmiri struggle for Azadi can be located in the everyday life of Kashmiris. I argue that the process of ‘meaning making’ can be traced to the two decades of massive mobilizations that preceded the 1990s Azadi uprising in Kashmir. New generation of Kashmiris continuously developed interpretive sketches explaining the range of problems encountered by Kashmiri society. It was this generation which ultimately challenged and replaced Sheikh Abdullah’s brand of politics in Kashmir. This chapter will trace how different actors in Azadi mobilizations have influenced the interpretive processes by which Kashmiris negotiated the meaning of key political events subsequently informing the 1990s Azadi mobilizations.
Venue: Room 12, School of Social Work, 1st floor, Bredgatan 26, Lund.