|Title||India’s obsession with Kashmir: democracy, gender, (anti-)nationalism|
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.
|Keywords||Kashmir, India, gender, democracy, Hindu Nationalism, anti-nationalism|
|Journal citation||119 (1), p. 126–143|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1057/s41305-018-0123-x|
|Published||17 Jul 2018|