Of Purity and Autonomy: A Nation for Whom?

This third issue of The Sparkplug considers the challenges and contradictions that are entangled in Kashmir’s pursuit for self-determination. Included is a conversation with author and human rights lawyer Nandita Haksar, based around her research on how the nationalist movement in Jammu and Kashmir intersects with the socio-economic challenges that in turn face migrants to Northeast India. Accompanying the… Continue reading Of Purity and Autonomy: A Nation for Whom?

Pesticides and Poverty: The smoldering legacy of Bhopal

This edition of The Sparkplug commemorates the legacy of the tragic gas explosion that shook Bhopal on December 2, 1984, and critiques the role of neocolonial development by corrupt governments and corporate cronies. Featured in this issue is an interview with Montreal-based playwright and theatrical director Rahul Varma, who wrote the events into a play called Bhopal (premiered in… Continue reading Pesticides and Poverty: The smoldering legacy of Bhopal

On repression, neoliberal reforms, and disenfranchisement in Kashmir

A conversation with Nandita Haksar Published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 LK: Let’s start with the galvanizing moment when Jammu and Kashmir was stripped by India of its special status, protections, and statehood in August 2019. Through your book, The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism, you consider the historic resilience of… Continue reading On repression, neoliberal reforms, and disenfranchisement in Kashmir

Seeds of Alienation

The politics of exclusion in Kashmir’s independence movement By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 “Festering wounds we Kashmiris bear, fleeing tyranny from all sidesWe have witnessed nothing but pillaging of our abodesOur own joined strangers in marauding our own … When we greet spring and autumn with the same… Continue reading Seeds of Alienation

Excerpts: The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism

“We’re born in crackdowns, we die in curfews” By Nandita HaksarExcerpts originally published with Inverse Journal (from The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism, Speaking Tiger Books)Published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 From Preface to new edition of The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism. The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, while announcing… Continue reading Excerpts: The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism