UPF lecture on Citizenship Amendment Act and Kashmir
The Dialectic of Gendered Protests in 21st Century India: Citizenship Amendment Act and Kashmir
The abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 came with a sudden curfew on Kashmir, with political leaders under house arrest, people’s lives stranded, and complete communication blackout of Kashmiri people. Six months later, asKashmir still reels under this event, the new citizenship amendment act (CAA) and NRC (National Registry of Citizens) was passed in December 2019 in India that led to the iconic Shaheenbagh women’s protests against the CAA and NRC; this protest now turned into particular movement has sparked off a multilayered resistance in the Indian socio-political fabric. Locating the gendered protest in Kashmir, the talk turns to the dialectics of protest through Shaheenbagh and the implications of this gendered movement in India and how is shapes, shifts and locates itself at a time of crisis in the Indian democracy. This talk first turns to the communication blackout of Kashmir and hegemonic representation of Kashmiri women, and the category of women who exist in a space of waiting—"the half widows," and what that means in terms of women’s agency in the conflicted space. Along with that, it discusses how the protests against the CAA and NCR underscore an emergence of a new Muslim political subjectivity, a Muslim women's political subjectivity. It connects the dots in the new wave of gendered political protests India and what is implies for 21st century Indian socio-political and cultural fabric.
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