Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and by Nyla Ali Khan

By Nyla Ali Khan

Nyla Ali Khan, the granddaughter of the 1st leading Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, offers an insider's research at the political and social turmoil that has eroded the ethos and upholstery of Kasmiri tradition. She screens the consequences of nationalist, militant, and non secular discourses and praxes on a gender-based hierarchy.

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Given the unviability of its proposals, the UN soon bowed out of the political quagmire, leaving an unhealed wound on the body politic of the Indian subcontinent: the Security Council resolutions affirming that the future of the state should be decided by its denizens (for the reasoning behind the notion that the UN could have played a constructive role in the resolution of the Kashmir conflict, see Appendix A, 175–178). Jawaharlal Nehru’s Stance vis-à-vis Plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir In August 1952, Nehru declared in the Indian parliament: “We do not wish to win people against their will with the help of armed force; and if the people of Kashmir wish to part company with us, they may go their way and we shall go ours.

The NC, which had orchestrated this Conflicting Political Discourses 39 transformation, won the unstinting support of thousands of erstwhile disenfranchised peasants. But displaced landlords and officials in the erstwhile Dogra regime made no bones about their hatred of the political supremacy of the new class of Kashmiri Muslims. This hatred unleashed a reign of terror and brutality against the Valley’s new political class. The atrocities inflicted by the Indian state led to mass arrests and political repression, culminating into a midnight coup against Abdullah and his regime.

This was followed by a request to both countries to enable the demilitarization of Kashmir. The then prime minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, agreed to initiate the process by calling for the withdrawal of his troops. But this request, which would have enabled the maintenance of law and order, was denied by India (Korbel 2002: 171). The rationale that India provided for its denial was the necessity to defend Kashmir and maintain a semblance of order. India vehemently opposed any proposal that would place Pakistan on the same platform as India, and that would not take into account the incursion of Kashmir territory by Pakistani militia and tribesmen.

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