Unravelling India’s settler colonial project in Kashmir

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Tuesday 28 Jun 2022, 13:00 - 14:00
Spoken Language
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Exploring the historical, economic and social dimensions of India's colonial project in Kashmir.

On 5 August 2019, the Indian state led by the Hindu right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi de-operationalized Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, in the process terminating Jammu and Kashmir's autonomous status.

Although the withdrawal of Kashmir's special status and repeal of Article 370 are mostly symbolic, Article 35A had a practical purpose in safeguarding Kashmiri identity by defining the 'permanent residents' of the disputed territory in relation to land and employment rights.

Critical Kashmir scholars now argue that, as a result of the 5 August decision, the settler colonial lens is now a more relevant framework for analysing and characterizing the internal dynamics of the erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir state, and that the event marks a key turning point in the conflict, with China also becoming a key party to the dispute. 

This event, part of a Political Ecology seminar and supported by ISS student association, Scholas, will explore the historical, economic, and social dimensions of India's settler colonial project in Kashmir.


  • Dr Hafsa Kanjwal - Assistant professor in South Asian history at Lafayette College (USA).

  • Dr Mehroosh Tak - Lecturer in Agribusiness at the Royal Veterinary College (UK)

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