Friday 2:15pm

PANEL: Kashmir's struggle for independence

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Longtime Kashmir solidarity activist and former federal Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon discusses current perspectives on a panel with Kashmiri activists.

Ever since Indian and Pakistani independence from British rule in 1947, Kashmir has been a target of rival nationalisms and the site of several wars between the two occupying powers. Kashmiris have resisted with decades of non-violent and mass movements, as well as periods of armed insurgency. In India it is cynically woven into anti-Muslim jingoism and scare-mongering about terrorists, and is used to justify a large military and repressive powers. In 2019 the far right Modi regime imposed a military crackdown on Kashmir, together with press censorship and an internet blackout.

Readings

Priya De, India must quit Kashmir, Red Flag 21 August 2019.

https://redflag.org.au/index.php/node/6879

Arundhati Roy, The silencing of Kashmir, Arundhati Roy on India, Modi and Fasicsm, The Intercept podcast 3 October 2019.

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/03/deconstructed-podcast-kashmir-india-arundhati-roy/

Arundhati Roy, The silence is the loudest, New York Times 15 October 2019.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/opinion/sunday/kashmir-siege-modi.html

Nagesh Rao, Kashmir’s occupation at the root of the crisis, Socialist Worker (US) 28 February 2019.

https://socialistworker.org/2019/02/28/kashmirs-occupation-at-the-root-of-the-crisis

How will Kashmir by free? an interview with Sanjay Kak, Socialist Workers (US) 8 April 2013

https://socialistworker.org/2013/04/08/how-will-kashmir-be-free

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