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?

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

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