Kashmir. The name conjures up an array of thoughts and emotions. For some, the beauty of the Kashmir valley comes to mind, the stunning scenery of the Karakoram mountain range, even the houseboats that float along the lakes near Srinagar. For others, the jewel and vein of a nation, intrinsic to national identity and pride. For others yet, a land occupied where soldiers run unhindered, where friends and family disappear without a trace.
In the past few months, protests and violence in the region has resurfaced in the international news cycles. People have been blinded by the use specialized pellets guns, intended to be non-lethal, as security forces have tried disperse large groups of protestors. Police have arrested a prominent human rights activists, like Khurram Parvez, a day after he was barred from travelling to Switzerland to participate in a session of the UN Human Rights Council. Foreign and domestic militants wreak havoc with accusations flying on who is responsible. Things do not bode well for peace.
The topic of Kashmir is, to say the least, very sensitive. Opinions, and experiences, from all sides evoke strong emotions and often pull on the heartstrings of identity, nationalism, and justice. Come join us as we explore questions on the past, present, and future of Kashmir in a civic setting, where all questions are welcomed as long as they’re respectful.
This event will be moderated by Colin Lawrence (YPIA) and Michael Larkin (YPIA) in collaboration with The South Asia Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of John Hopkins University.
Questions to Consider:
How does Pakistan view Kashmir?
How does India view Kashmir?
How do the Kashmiris view India and Pakistan?
How does democracy operate in an atmosphere of militarization and restricted rights?
What are the obstacles to a lasting a peace?
What role does the international community play?
What does justice look like for the residents of Kashmir?
Articles of Interest:
India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding? - The Guardian
India: Kashmir police arrest activist Khurram Parvez - Al Jazeera
Kashmir's Disturbing New Reality - The Hindustan Times
Trump would deserve Nobel prize if he helps resolve Kashmir conflict: Aziz - The Express Tribune
Indian films banned, Pakistani actors ejected – how the Kashmir crisis is hitting Bollywood - The Guardian
Kashmir: Shelling forces thousands to flee their homes - Al Jazeera
Self-determination the only solution: Resolving the Kashmir dispute - APP Policy Forum
And now Sainik Colony - The Kashmiri Observer
The Way to Break the Deadlock in Kashmir is Open but Delhi Doesn’t Even Know it - The Wire
Kashmir Is Paralyzed by an ‘Adored’ Band of Militants - New York Times
Kashmir clash: Pakistan says India killed seven troops - BBC News
Why Kashmir is erupting again - The Economist
Policing Kashmir - Foreign Affairs
Program Note: This discussion is off the record