Thursday, 25 September 2014

"Kashmiris: A Forgotten People", Oct. 2nd at Cornell University

I’ll be part of a discussion about Kashmir [calendar listing, event poster, Facebook event page] a week from today at Cornell University, initiated by the Islamic Alliance for Justice and co-sponsored by an unuusally wide range of Cornell academic departments and student and community organizations. I’ll be joined by an other panelists including people much more knowledgeable than I am about current events on the ground in Kashmir and with important stories and perspectives to share. I hope to see some of you there!

Kashmiris: A Forgotten People

panel discussion followed by a Q&A session

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
228 Malott Hall - Bache Auditorium
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Kashmir — a conflicted state between Pakistan and India — has been the center of military and political battles since 1947. Beyond the politics and the national interests of the two countries, this panel discussion aims to go deeper into the black box and highlight the human experience of Kashmiris. Despite evidence of massive human rights abuses, the immense suffering of the civilian population has failed to receive due attention from political and activist circles as well as mainstream media. International organizations, including Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have documented numerous violations of fundamental rights, including mass killings, forced disappearances, political repression, torture and sexual abuse.

Featured Panelists:

Edward Hasbrouck is an award-winning travel journalist, author of the “Practical Nomad” series of travel how-to books, and longtime activist for peace, justice, and human rights in the US and around the world. Since visiting Kashmir in 1989, he has followed events in Kashmir, written about Kashmir in movement journals, and worked to raise awareness and understanding of Kashmir in the US. As an engaged observer from afar, Mr. Hasbrouck offers a holistic perspective that reframes the “the Kashmir question” in the context of contemporary geopolitical dynamics and activist concerns, both in the region and in the US.

Saiba Varma is a lecturing fellow at Duke University, having recently earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Cornell. She has written extensively on anthropological aspects of the conflict in Kashmir as it is experienced by Kashmiris. Her research focuses on the mental health costs of the conflict and the emergence of medical and humanitarian initiatives in the region.

Ahmad Rafiqi is a Kashmiri Ph.D. student in Mathematics at Cornell University. Mr. Rafiqi was born in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian-administered Kashmir, where he spent the first 18 years of his life. From a young age, he participated in protests and marches against the Indian administration. An advocate for Kashmiri self-determination, he offers an important indigenous perspective based on personal experience.

Arnav Sahu is a senior undergraduate student at Cornell University majoring in Economics. Mr. Sahu was born in New Delhi, the capital of India. Arnav has a keen interest in South-east Asian geo-politics and offers the Indian perspective on the issue.

Moderator: Durba Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Cornell University. Her teaching and research interests focus on understanding the history of colonialism on the Indian subcontinent. Her current research focuses on popular and radical political movements in early and mid-twentieth century India as well as the role of political violence in popular historical narratives.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Cosponsored by:

  • Islamic Alliance for Justice
  • History Department
  • Government Department
  • South Asia Council
  • Cornell Progressive
  • Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union
  • Native American Students at Cornell
  • Amnesty International Group 73 Ithaca Chapter
  • Comparative Muslim Societies Program
  • Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Link | Posted by Edward on Thursday, 25 September 2014, 06:25 ( 6:25 AM)

A one-hour recorded excerpt from last nights panel will be broadcast and streamed live on Friday, 3 October 2014, 4-5 p.m. EDT, on WLFI community radio (Ithaca/Watkins Glen, NY):

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 3 October 2014, 08:52 ( 8:52 AM)

"Cornell Hosts Discussion on Indian and Pakistani Conflict: Shedding Light on the Forgotten People of Kashmir" (by Sunny Joo, WVBR news, 4 October 2014):

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 9 October 2014, 07:39 ( 7:39 AM)

Slightly enhanced written version of my talk: "Kashmir, self-determination, and human rights"

Posted by: Edward Hasbrouck, 18 October 2014, 19:09 ( 7:09 PM)
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