Statement on Kashmir from concerned individuals


We the undersigned, express our grave concern regarding the current state of affairs in Kashmir. The disproportionate use of state violence on unarmed protesters in Kashmir reflects severe human rights violations. Setting aside the paramount concerns in terms of continuous interventions in the normal lives of the people, the alarming loss of civilian lives and reports of serious injuries, including blinding from pellet wounds are deeply disturbing.

Attacking hospitals, ambulances, stopping funeral processions and even burning down residential buildings cannot be the response of a democratic nation. The attack on civilians and the ethical implications this has on our armed forces are not justifiable. Images of police, army and task force brutalities against women, children and youth are spreading across the social media. At the same time, partial and prejudiced reports on television and print are becoming the basis for racism, regionalism and religious intolerance among people who are not afraid to bully Kashmiris and other minorities.

We appeal to our government to consider the state of affairs in Kashmir democratically, prioritizing the right of Kashmiri citizens to normal lives.

We plead before the state to subscribe to the constitutional rights guaranteed to each of its citizens, with an immediate repeal of AFSPA and the withdrawal of excessive military presence in Kashmir. We wish the idea of justice and liberty be evenly distributed and let the people of Kashmir be participants in a dialogue that involves their destiny.

  1. Amal Neerad, Film Director
  2. Amit Upadhyay, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Hyderabad
  3. Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Independent Scholar
  4. Ashley Tellis, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore
  5. Asma Rasheed, English and Foreign Languages University
  6. Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  7. Bindu K.C. Ambedkar University Delhi
  8. Bindu Menon, Delhi University
  9. Carmel Christy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  10. Cheri Jacob K, Union Christian College, Mahatma Gandhi University
  11. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  12. Geeta Kapur, Critic and Curator
  13. Githa Hariharan, Writer
  14. Gogu Shyamala, Writer and Activist
  15. Janaki Nair, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  16. Jayasree Kalathil, Survivor Research, United Kingdom
  17. Josy Joseph, SB College, Mahatma Gandhi University
  18. K  Sachidanandan, Writer and Academic
  19. K Satyanarayana, English and Foreign Languages University
  20. K Lalitha, Feminist Activist, Independent Scholar
  21. K R. Manoj, Film Director
  22. Khairunnisa Nagathorike, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
  23. KoonalDuggal, EFL University, Hyderabad
  24. Manoj Kuroor, Writer and Academic
  25. Mary E John, CWDS New Delhi
  26. Mohan Dharavath, Independent Scholar, Activist
  27. Moinak Biswas Jadavpur , University
  28. MoushUmi Basu, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  29. Navaneetha Mokkil, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  30. Parnal Chirmuley, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  31. Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan,  English and Foreign Languages University
  32. Paulomi Chakraborty, IIT Bombay
  33. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  34. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute
  35. Srivatsan, Anveshi Hyderabad
  36. Rajeev Ravi, Film Director, Cinematographer
  37. Ramesh Bairy T S, IIT- Bombay
  38. Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  39. Ranjith T., English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  40. Ravichandran Bathran, IIAS Shimla
  41. Ria De, English and Foreign Languages University
  42. Rekha Pappu, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  43. Ritam Sen Gupta, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Kolkata
  44. Satish Deshpande,  Delhi University
  45. Rupa Viswanath, University of Göttingen
  46. SatishPoduval, English and Foreign Languages University
  1. ShambhaviPrakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Shamnad Basheer, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. Sherin B.S., English and Foreign Languages University
  3. Shilpaa Anand, Maulana Azad National Urdu University.
  4. Simona Sawhney, IIT- Delhi
  5. Sohnee Harshay, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  6. Sowmya Dechamma,  University of Hyderabad
  7. Sucharita Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  8. Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times
  9. SupriyaVarma, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  10. Susie Tharu, Author
  11. Tejaswini Niranjana Lingnan University, Hongkong& TISS
  12. Thahir Jamal K.M., Manipal University
  13. Udaya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
  14. Uma Bhrugubanda, English and Foreign Languages University
  15. Vasudha Nagaraj , Advocate
  16. Vasv iOza, NGMA Bengalore
  17. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  18. Vivan Sundaram, Artist

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