• Statement on Kashmir from Academics, Writers, Artists and Filmmakers

    July 14, 2016

    kashmmir invitation cancelledImage courtesy Vishwajyoti Ghosh & Niha Masih

    We the undersigned, express our grave concern regarding the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The disproportionate use of state violence on unarmed protesters in Kashmir reflects severe human rights violations. Setting aside the paramount concerns in terms of continuous interventions in the normal lives of the people, the alarming loss of civilian lives and reports of serious injuries, including blinding from pellet wounds are deeply disturbing.

    Attacking hospitals, ambulances, stopping funeral processions and even burning down residential buildings cannot be the response of a democratic nation. The attack on civilians and the ethical implications this has on our armed forces are not justifiable. Images of police, army and task force brutalities against women, children and youth are spreading across the social media. At the same time, partial and prejudiced reports on television and print are becoming the basis for racism, regionalism and religious intolerance among people who are not afraid to bully Kashmiris and others minorities.

    We appeal to our government to consider the state of affairs in Kashmir democratically prioritising the right of Kashmiri citizens to normal lives.

    We plead before the state to subscribe to the constitutional rights guaranteed to each of its citizens, with an immediate repeal of AFSPA and the withdrawal of excessive military presence in Kashmir. We wish the idea of justice and liberty be evenly distributed and let the people of Kashmir be participants in a dialogue that involves their destiny.

    1. Amal Neerad, Film Director
    2. Amit Upadhyay, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
    3. Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Independent Scholar
    4. Ashley Tellis, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore
    5. Asma Rasheed, English and Foreign Languages University
    6. Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    7. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    8. Bindu Menon, Delhi University
    9. Carmel Christy, University of California, Santa Cruz
    10. Cheri Jacob K, Union Christian College, Mahatma Gandhi University
    11. G. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    12. Geeta Kapur, Critic and Curator
    13. Githa Hariharan, Writer
    14. Gogu Shyamala, Writer and Activist
    15. Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    16. Jayasree Kalathil, Survivor Research, United Kingdom
    17. K. Sachidanandan, Writer and Academic
    18. K. Satyanarayana, English and Foreign Languages University
    19. K. Lalitha, Feminist Activist, Independent Scholar
    20. K.R. Manoj, Film Director
    21. Khairunnisa Nagathorike, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    22. Koonal Duggal, EFL University, Hyderabad
    23. Mary E John, CWDS New Delhi
    24. Mohan Dharavath, Independent Scholar, Activist
    25. Moinak Biswas, Jadavpur University
    26. Moushimi Basu, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    27. Navaneetha Mokkil, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    28. Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    29. Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan, English and Foreign Languages University
    30. Paulomi Chakraborty, IIT Bombay
    31. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    32. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute
    33. R. Srivatsan, Anveshi Hyderabad
    34. Rajeev Ravi, Film Director, Cinematographer
    35. Ramesh Bairy T S, IIT- Bombay
    36. Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    37. Ranjith T., English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
    38. Ravichandran Bathran, IIAS Shimla
    39. Ria De, English and Foreign Languages University
    40. Rekha Pappu, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
    41. Ritam Sen Gupta, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
    42. Satish Deshpande, Delhi University
    43. Satish Poduval, English and Foreign Languages University
    44. Shamnad Basheer, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
    45. Sherin B.S., English and Foreign Languages University
    46. Shilpaa Anand, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    47. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi
    48. Sohnee Harshay, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    49. Sowmya Dechamma, University of Hyderabad
    50. Sucharita Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    51. Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist, Raqs Media Collective and Contributor, Kafila,Org
    52. Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times
    53. Supriya Varma, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    54. Susie Tharu, Author
    55. Tejaswini Niranjana, Lingnan University, Hongkong & TISS
    56. Thahir Jamal K.M., Manipal University
    57. Udaya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    58. Uma Bhrugubanda, English and Foreign Languages University
    59. Vasudha Nagaraj, Advocate
    60. Vasvi Oza, NGMA Bengaluru
    61. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    62. Vivan Sundaram, Artist

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