Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak? Narratives of Resistance and Resilience
Kaul & Ather Zia (Ed)
Rs 795 Hb 2020
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Kashmir is hypervisible and enormously
powerful in the contemporary Indian imaginary, and can be made to carry
different political meanings and messages.
The terms Kashmiri Pandit, Kashmiri
Muslim, Kashmiri men and Kashmiri women, when used in public discourse
perform distinct functions. This volume initiates the reader into a
complex understanding of Kashmiri women’s life-worlds, in the context
of protracted civil conflict and military occupation.
The women here speak and write about
the aftermath of the shocking abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019;
of spectacles and street protests in the Valley; of women’s
companionship and female alliances; and of the literature of
resistance. They analyse the links between gender, militarism and
militarisation; and between violence, women’s livelihoods, and
environmental destruction. Forced into surrendering their rights and
their autonomy, the Kashmiri women in this first-of-its-kind anthology
shatter the silence and speak truth to power and to society.
Excerpt from the book
is an academic, novelist, and poet, and is currently Associate
Professor, Politics and International Relations, at the Centre for the
Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Over the last two
decades, her work has addressed questions of identity, democracy,
political economy, social/feminist/postcolonial theory, Hindu
nationalism, Kashmir, and Bhutan. Her books include the scholarly
monograph, Imagining Economics
Otherwise: encounters with identity/ difference (2007); and the novels Residue (2014)
and Future Tense (2020).
is a political anthropologist, poet, columnist, and short fiction
writer. She teaches at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley, and
is the author of Resisting
Disappearances: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir
2019); co-editor of Resisting
Occupation in Kashmir 2018) and of A Desolation called Peace (2019). She has also published a book of poetry,The Frame (1999)
and another is forthcoming. A widely published columnist, Ather is
founder-editor of Kashmir Lit and co-founder of Critical Kashmir
Studies Collective, an interdisciplinary network of scholars working on
the Kashmir region.