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