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BETWEEN DEMOCRACY AND NATION: GENDER AND MILITARISATION IN KASHMIR
Seema Kazi (Eds.)

Rs. Rs. 400 Hb 2009
81-88965-46-4
(All rights available)
This book focuses on the militarisation of a secessionist movement involving Kashmiri militants and Indian military forces in Jammu and Kashmir. In contrast to the conventional approaches that distinguish between inter- and intra-state military conflict, this analysis of India’s external and domestic crises of militarisation is located within a single analytic frame: it argues that both dimensions have common political origins.

Highlighting the intersection between the two the author argues that the heaviest and the most grevious price of using the military for domestic repression and for the defense of Kashmir is paid by Kashmir’s citizens and society. Drawing on women’s subjective experience of militarisation, she examines the relationsip between state military processes at the national level and social transformations at the local/societal level. By way of conclusion, she manitains that Kashmir's humanitarian tragedy — exemplified by its gender dimensions-underlines has failed either to ensure 'security for the state, or security and justice for Kashmiris.

 
SEEMA KAZI
has been educated in India, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She has worked with NGOs and women’s groups in India during whish she was part of an international research project on women and laws in the Muslim world. She subsequently worked as an independent researcher and writer in the area of Muslim women and human rights with Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), Washington D.C. and the Minority Rights Group (MR) London. She has a PhD from the Gender Institute, London School of Economics.
 
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