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Conversation on Kashmir with Arundhati Roy and David Barsamian

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While the world was watching a series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November of 2008, the media’s focus was on a stand-off at the Taj Mahal Hotel. But what were the terrorist’s goals? Like many of the problems between India and Pakistan, much can be traced to Kashmir. It is one of the least understood but most important conflicts in the world.

On this edition, David Barsamian speaks with renowned author and activist, Arundhati Roy, about the future of Kashmir.

Featuring:

Arundhati Roy, activist and author; David Barsamian, author and Alternative Radio founder, producer and host.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Contributing Producer: David Barsamian
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Production Coordinator: Elena Botkin-Levy
Interns: Asma Mohseni, Patti Restaino, Keisha Thomas and Rita Daniels

For more information:

Alternative Radio - Boulder, CO

Global Giving - Washington, DC

Kashmir International Relief Fund – London

WE (a documentary featuring the words of Arundhati Roy)

Additional information:

Arundhati Roy on recent non-violent demonstrations in Kashmir

BBC Q&A on Kashmir Dispute

Time magazine interview with Barack Obama on Kashmir and other foreign policy issues

United Nations Security Council Resolution 47 on Kashmir (1948)

“Kashmir and Elections,” by Ather Zia
From International Museum of Women (part of online election exhibit)
Note: The link to the this article offers a detailed history of the elections in the disputed region of Kashmir in India; it explains the complicated history of the region and delves into the serious issues regarding Kashmiris’ general disenchantment with electoral politics, women’s near invisibility in leadership positions, women’s political kinships, rigging, and the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination.

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  1. While Arundhati Roy is very articulate, engaging, and certainly a big name globally, when addressing the issue of Kashmir’s future I think it’s important to speak with Kashmiris. There are Kashmiris who can speak eloquently and in-depth about the conflict and the future of the region. Too often, Kashmir is spoken about without the inclusion of Kashmiri voices. This is really problematic, as is any discussion about the future of Palestine or Iraq or others part of the world without the inclusion of people who live in these regions. Just because Kashmir is a disputed region does not mean that it needs to be represented or spoken for by others, Indians or Pakistanis, rather than Kashmiris themselves. Certainly, including Indians, Pakistanis, and others in this conversation is important, but giving Kashmiris a voice on the issues that impact them the most is critical.

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