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It was once described by poet Amir Khusro as paradise on earth, but in the 21st century, Kashmir is better described as paradise lost. The conflict in Kashmir is perhaps the most complex issue of our times. From a northern kingdom to a region ravaged by insurgency, it has suffered generations of unrest and turbulence.
In Let’s Talk About … Kashmir, we speak to military men who served there, young Kashmiri stone pelters, journalists who have covered the insurgency, and activists who have raised their voices against human rights excesses. Through their insights, we piece together what troubles Kashmir.
Essar Batool is a human rights activist and a social worker based in Kashmir. She is a petitioner against the Indian Armed Forces in the alleged Kunan Poshpora mass rape case of 1991. She is co-author of the book, Do you remember Kunan Poshpora?, which discusses the incident in detail.
Fahad Shah is an independent journalist and founder of the magazine, The Kashmir Walla. He has edited Of Occupation and Resistance: Writings from Kashmir.
Colonel (retired) Vivek Chadha served in the Indian Army for 22 years before taking premature retirement. He joined the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses in November 2011. His research focuses on counter insurgency, counter terrorism and terrorism finance. He served in Kashmir from 1995 to 1996 and 2007 to 2009.
Rahul Pandita is a journalist and an author based in Delhi. His book Our Moon Has Blood Clots centres on his experience as a Kashmiri Pandit in exile. Pandita’s family was forced to leave Kashmir in 1990. He has reported from war zones that include Iraq and Sri Lanka.
Subramanian Swamy is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party and an economist. He is also a Rajya Sabha member and has written on India’s foreign affairs, focusing on our relations with People’s Republic of China, Pakistan and Israel.
Ram Jethmalani is a lawyer and a politician. He was a Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament in the 6th and 7th Lok Sabha. He was the Union Law Minister in the National Democratic Alliance government, from 1999 to 2000. He was also Chairman of Bar Council of India.
Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer. The New York Times has referred to him as “perhaps the best among India’s non fiction writers”, Time has called him ‘Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler’. Guha’s books and essays have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Riyaz Wani is a Kashmir-based journalist. He works as a special correspondent with New Delhi-based Tehelka magazine. He has previously worked with The Indian Express and received the Ramnath Goenka award for his reportage from Jammu and Kashmir in 2013.
EditingUmrav Singh Gurjar