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

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The Politics of Identity in Kashmir

ASHUTOSH KUMAR

The ongoing assertion of the right to self-determination and autonomy by the people of Kashmir has often been dubbed by the political class in India as a challenge to the secular, democratic, and ‘federal’ framework of its polity. In the absence of a proper analysis of the historical bases of their political alienation and political responses, the people of Kashmir have been labelled as anti-national fundamentalists who are under the influence of the global jehad forces. Even the moderates’ demand for the restoration of autonomy has been considered suspect. A relation is established between the demands for the restoration of the pre-1953 position with that for independence (azadi). Notwithstanding ...

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