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Globalization and the Politics of Identity in India by Ronki Ram, Ashutosh Kumar, Bhupinder Brar

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Religion and the Political Discourse of Identity in Kashmir

REKHA CHOWDHARY

An attempt has been made in this essay to analyse the factor of religion in the process of the formation and assertion of political identity in Kashmir. Such an analysis assumes significance in the context of the emergence of fundamentalist trends in the recent politics of Kashmir, especially in the wake of militancy in the last one and half decades. The politics of Kashmir has historically been secular in its roots and orientations, but in recent years has displayed a drift towards Islamization that has a bearing on the emergent nature of its identity politics. A shift seems to have occurred both in the nature of the normative order and in the direction taken by the ...

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