Abstract

In the first section of this paper I analyze the colonial origins of Jammu and Kashmir, in order to suggest that tehreeki politics, and such collective suffering, derive from a longer history of imperial expansion and feudal rule. Then, in the third section, I discuss the enormous violence that accompanied partition, whose afterlife continues to haunt the political imagination in India and Pakistan, and thus to limit discussions of Kashmiri self-determination within the narrow confines of self-righteous nationalisms. In the concluding section, I return to the present moment in Kashmir, and leave the final word with another young Kashmiri poet.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 173-202
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-30
Open Access
No
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