Author: Urvashi Butalia
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706437
This book reflects the range of women’s experiences in this conflict. How has the conflict affected them? How have they learnt to live with continuing violence? What strategies have they used to cope, to find a space to share or express what they are going through?
Kashmir has been, for some years, a key issue on the Indian political map. More than a decade of conflict has deeply affected people’s livelihoods and living environments, their health, their eating habits, their work and workplace, their access to education. The impact of these things is felt most sharply in the lives of women, and yet, few discussions on Kashmir pay attention to this.
This book reflects the range of women’s experiences in this conflict. How has the conflict affected them? How have they learnt to live with continuing violence? What strategies have they used to cope, to find a space to share or express what they are going through? What impact has the conflict had on their health and on their access to education? What has it meant for families, for power equations within them, for relationships, for children?
The contributions in this book explore these issues through interviews with Kashmiri women, personal reflective pieces, extracts from different reports and books. Together they draw attention to a vital aspect of the conflict that has been all forgotten.
Speaking Peace: An Introduction: Urvashi Butalia
This Happened in Kashmir: Krishna Mehta
The role of Women in Kashmiri Rishism: Yoginder Sikand
Kashmir Impriosoned: A Report: Committee for Initiative on Kashmir
Women’s Testimonies from Kashmir: ‘The Green of the Valley is Khaki’: Women’s Initiative
Reclaiming Lives: The Health of Women in Kargil District; Pamela Bhagat
A Kashmir Diary: Seven Days in an Armed ‘Paradise’: Uma Chakravarti
‘What Does Azadi Mean to You?’: Ritu Dewan
The Story of Women’s College in Kashmir: Neerja Mattoo
A Veiw from Kashmir: Hameeda Bano
Leaving Home: Shakti Bhan Raina
A Pandit Story: Kshama Kaul
Finding Face: Images of Women from the Kashmir Valley: Sheba Chhachhi
Blood Soil: Chittisinghpora and After: Sonia Jabbar
Will Peace Return? Trauma and Health-related Work in Kashmir: Sahba Husain
Kashmir Journey: Sushobha Barve
A Life of Peace and Dignity: Farida Abdulla
Interviews: Pamela Bhagat
Despatches from a War-torn Region
Appendix: Naya Kashmir: An Extract