India’s obsession with Kashmir: democracy, gender, (anti-)nationalism

Kaul, N. 2018. India’s obsession with Kashmir: democracy, gender, (anti-)nationalism. Feminist Review. 119 (1), p. 126–143. doi:10.1057/s41305-018-0123-x

TitleIndia’s obsession with Kashmir: democracy, gender, (anti-)nationalism
AuthorsKaul, N.
Abstract

This article attempts to make sense of India's obsession with Kashmir by way of a gendered analysis. I begin by drawing attention to the historical and continuing failure of Indian democracy in Kashmir that results in the violent and multifaceted dehumanisation of Kashmiris and, in turn, domesticates dissent on the question of Kashmir within India. This scenario has been enabled by the persuasive appeal of a gendered masculinist nationalist neoliberal state currently enhanced in its Hindutva avatar. My focus is on understanding how the violence enacted upon the Kashmiri bodies is connected to feminised understanding of the body of Kashmir in India's imagination of itself as a nation-state. I argue that the gendered discourses of representation, cartography and possession are central to the way in which such nationalism works to legitimise and normalise the violence in Kashmir. I conclude with a few reflections on how Kashmir is a litmus test for the discourse on (anti)nationalism in contemporary India.

KeywordsKashmir, India, gender, democracy, Hindu Nationalism, anti-nationalism
JournalFeminist Review
Journal citation119 (1), p. 126–143
ISSN0141-7789
1466-4380
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1057/s41305-018-0123-x
Publication dates
Published17 Jul 2018

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