Some must-reads for those who want to understand Kashmir conflict’s background

Kavita Krishnan

I am getting many messages from people who have read my article or seen the HT video, asking where they can begin reading to understand the history of the Kashmir conflict.

So here are some suggestions, based on where I began my own reading, and drawing on easily available publications by Kashmiris. Friends are welcome to add more in comments.

1) The good old Tracts For The Times booklet by Bajraj Puri

2) AG Noorani’s volumes on Kashmir (you can also find many articles by him, from Frontline, online

3) Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

4) A Long Dream of Home – The Persecution, exile and exodus of Kashmiri Pandits by Siddhartha Gigoo and Varad Sharma

5) Until My Freedom Has Come – a collection of short fiction, reportage, essays, news reports, interviews and a rapper’s song by Kashmiris, edited by Sanjay Kak

6) BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Indian-Administered Kashmir – a report by International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK)

7) Do You Remember Kunan Poshpora?

8) You can read updates from the Association of Parents of Displaced persons (APDP)  and JKCCS  – these groups post Facebook updates also, regularly

9) Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths of Peace by Sumantra Bose

10) Some other good readings are included in this list compiled by HT

11) An interesting article by Yoginder Sikand in EPW traced the shifts in the Kashmiri movement in the 1980s

12) Agha Shahid Ali – The Country Without A Post Office (poetry)

13) Jashn-e-Azaadi – How We Celebrate Freedom – a documentary by Sanjay Kak

Start where you like, these are not in any particular order. It is most encouraging that so many, ignoring the ugly trolling and hate-filled propaganda, are asking to know more on Kashmir. Yesterday’s silent march also saw many come forward to ask to know more. Silence and a space of quiet can break the media-scripted cacophony and make for a path to empathy and solidarity.