INTERNATIONAL, PEER REVIEWED/REFEREED, MULTIDISCIPLINARY,BIANNUAL,BILINGUAL, OPEN ACCESS,INDEXED JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES Special Issue on Indian Elections and General Election 2019 proposed on 31 September 2019 Vol 06 Issue 02 is proposed on 31st July 2019 Last Date of Submission 31st May 2019 Publication Date 31st July 2019(Online), 15 August 2019 (Print)

The Tragedy of Kashmir

Rishya Dharmani


Second year student, BA Hons. (Political Science) Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. INDIA


The Kashmir valley was burning under the chants of azaadi (independence) and was subsequentlysuppressed by the forces. Beyond the oppositional calls for right to self-determination by the Kashmiris and the rightful control of India or Pakistan, an important issue hitherto goes unnoticed. It is the compulsion to demand a nationhood and identity for oneself.  This article argues that the coercion of modernity ‘forces’ a people to project themselves against others and fall to the game of the very opposition they seek to rebuke. The point here is not about the correctness or the problems with Kashmiri struggle. It is about the reasons for it. The causes if traced to economic, social and political factors would be grossly insufficient to account for the movement. The main factor should be reasoned as the processes that are characteristic to modernity. The apparent antagonism of Kashmir vs. India is demolished when this case is considered.

Kashmir, Art 370, Autonomy,