Information about Kashmir

Via Sabbah Haji…

Great to know you’re a big reader. here’s been very little English writing in Kashmir from Kashmiris. I’m listing a few below – because I have found writing by non-Kashmiris to be painfully biased, insensitive, or inaccurate [there are exceptions of course].

Kashmiri writers:

1. Sanjay Kak’s recent collection of essays on Kashmir: Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada In Kashmir, which is non-fiction, and sprang from the Summer of 2010.

2. Nitasha Kaul- a young academic and writer. Here’s something from her: http://site.nitashakaul.com/uploads/nitasha_kaul_kashmir_OD.pdf

3. Basharat Peer’s ‘Curfewed Night’ again is autobiographical non-fiction.

I cannot recommend any other objectively written non-fiction on Kashmir and its history, because I haven’t come across too many books myself.

4. Mirza Waheed’s ‘The Collaborator’ is a novel, Kashmir-based again.

5. Malik Sajad is a young Kashmiri artist, and he has a couple of graphic novels up on his site: http://www.kashmirblackandwhite.com

Here’s a video you might find useful to throw light on the entire Kashmir conflict, background, history and perspective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T15bV7iaiRE. It’s a conference/panel discussion featuring Mirza, Sanjay and Nitasha.

I have heard a few recent films on Kashmir are pretty good, though I haven’t watched them here. Not available in Kashmir ironically.

Try watching ‘Harud’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nVJLQIAQYk

‘InshaAllah Football’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmYhtoPuXxg&NR=1

‘Zero Bridge’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SA1m_KjpIk&NR=1

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