Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and by Nyla Ali Khan

By Nyla Ali Khan

Nyla Ali Khan, the granddaughter of the 1st leading Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, offers an insider's research at the political and social turmoil that has eroded the ethos and upholstery of Kasmiri tradition. She screens the results of nationalist, militant, and non secular discourses and praxes on a gender-based hierarchy.

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This was followed by a request to both countries to enable the demilitarization of Kashmir. The then prime minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, agreed to initiate the process by calling for the withdrawal of his troops. But this request, which would have enabled the maintenance of law and order, was denied by India (Korbel 2002: 171). The rationale that India provided for its denial was the necessity to defend Kashmir and maintain a semblance of order. India vehemently opposed any proposal that would place Pakistan on the same platform as India, and that would not take into account the incursion of Kashmir territory by Pakistani militia and tribesmen.

This political stalemate led to the resumption of bitter acrimony in 1948. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s NC voiced its disillusionment with the wishy-washy role of the UN Security Council. ” Abdullah condemned the machinations of imperialist powers like the United States and the United Kingdom, which “saw Kashmir only as the neighbour of Russia and therefore an essential base in the encirclement of Russia for future aggression” (Krishen 1951: 19–20). A provisional cessation 32 Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir of hostilities, however, occurred in January 1949, with the establishment of a political and military truce.

After having read the provision for women’s rights in the document, I would underscore Misri’s opinion about the radical nature of the package for women: Women citizens shall be accorded equal rights with men in all fields of national life: economic, cultural, political and in the state services. These rights shall be realized by affording women the right to work in every employment upon equal terms and for equal wages with men. Women shall be ensured rest, social insurance and education equally with men.

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