Kashmir is the most heavily militarised region in the world. Since 1989, over 8000 persons have been disappeared in the region, and nearly 600 people died in conflict-related violence in 2018 alone. The June 2018 report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, detailing ongoing human rights violations in Kashmir, as well as the ongoing skirmishes between India and Pakistan, brought renewed international attention to the conflict in the region, and highlighted the importance of understanding why Kashmir continues to experience conflict.
Our panelists will speak about the history of Kashmir, its position in South Asia, and the causes and complexities of the ongoing conflict.
Manan Ahmed is an associate professor at the Department of History, Columbia University. He is a historian of South Asia and the littoral western Indian Ocean world from 1000-1800 CE.
Suchitra Vijayan is a writer, lawyer, photographer, and political analyst and the founding director of The Polis Project.
Hafsa Kanjwal is an assitant professor at Lafayette College. Her research interests include South Asia, Kashmir, Islam, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Islam in America.