Kashmir - Scars of Pellet Gun, compiled and written by Mannan Bukhari, is about the horror caused by the use of Pellet Gun in Kashmir. After the worldwide acrimony over the high number of fatalities during protests in 2008, 2009, and 2010, pellet gun was introduced in Kashmir as a nonlethal alternative to bullets. But though the government introduced it as a nonlethal alternative to minimize the damage to life, however, it failed to produce the desired results and proved deadly at many times, leading to deaths and fatal injuries. This new weapon not only killed people but affected the physical as well as the psychological persona of the victims in such a manner so as to make them and their families suffer for the whole life. This volume deals with the pain and pangs of the victims and its overall impact on their families and the society in general. The significance of this book Kashmir Scars of Pellet Gun, lies in collection and collating of data acquired through RTI, medical practitioners experiences and observations on pellet caused injuries and fatalities, stories of some of the survivors, accounts of family members and others that recalls real life happenings as they unfold and their aftermath.
Author: Patrick Colm Hogan
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2016-10
"During the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947, Kashmir Valley--an intricate mix of regional, ethnic, linguistic, religious, and caste communities--became a hotly disputed territory. With portions of the region divided among India, Pakistan, and the People's Republic of China, major territorial disputes, particularly between India and Pakistan, have persisted over historical and cultural claims to the land. 'Imagining Kashmir' negotiates the cinematic and literary imaginations of the Kashmir region's conflicts and diverse citizenship, analyzing a wide range of narratives from writers and directors such as Salman Rushdie, Bharat Wakhlu, Mani Rutman, and Mirza Waheed in conjunction with research in psychology, cognitive science, and social neuroscience. Hogan provides a historical and cultural analysis of Kashmir that advances the existing theoretical knowledge of narrative, colonialism, and their corresponding ideologies in relation to the the cognitive and affective operations of identity. Hogan considers how narrative organizes people's understanding of, and emotions about, real political situations, and the ways in which such situations in turn influence cultural narratives, re-forming and potentially deforming them"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Victoria Schofield
Release Date: 2010-05-30
Genre: Political Science
After 20 years of insurgency, Kashmir continues to be a major flashpoint and decisive factorin destabilising regional relations. Resolving the dispute over the state of Jammu andKashmir is crucial to achieving peace and stability, without which the US Af-Pak strategy isunlikely to succeed. With international eyes focused on South Asia, understanding what is atstake in Kashmir has never been more important. For decades, the dispute over the valley of Kashmir, famed for its beauty and tranquility, has determined much of Pakistan's and India'sforeign policy. With the state, located between two nuclear armed states and India blaming Pakistani militants for the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, the potential widerimplications of the conflict are higher than ever on the international agenda. Kashmir in Conflict offers a highly readable, carefully documented account of the origins,development and implications of this contentious issue. Beginning with the early history ofthe independent kingdom of Kashmir, Victoria Schofield traces the origins of the modernstate in the nineteenth century, including the controversial ‘sale’ by the British ofpredominantly Muslim Kashmir to a Hindu ruler. She examines the implications for thepeople when in 1947 the Maharaja chose secular, yet majority Hindu, India over Muslim Pakistan and shows why the neighbouring countries continue to argue over the status ofJammu and Kashmir which, according to recommendations passed by the UN, was to bedetermined by the will of the people. Drawing upon research in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Pakistan, and a range ofhistorical sources, Schofield analyses critically the actions of the key players who, throughoutits history, have contributed to the current militarisation of the valley. And with the help ofnumerous interviews she takes into account the hopes and fears of all the interested parties – Pakistan, India and the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are themselves divided, not onlyby their linguistic and cultural traditions, but also in their objectives.