SASNET Seminar on Fragile Peace in Kashmir and the way forward

 Sten Widmalm, Muhammed Farooq Sulehria and Ali Daalat.

SASNET organised a successful seminar entitled Fragile Peace in Kashmir. Is there any way forward? at Lund University on Thursday 14 November 2013. It was arranged in collaboration with the South Asian Students Association (SASA) at Lund University. The two invited speakers were Professor Sten Widmalm from the Dept. of Government, Uppsala University, and  PhD Candidate Muhammad Farooq Sulehria from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.

Sten Widmalm’s presentation was entitled ”How to build peace in the world’s most dangerous place”, and focused on the issue how peace in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to a large extent depends on whether confidence in democracy can be revived on the ground. However, he also pointed out that stability is also decided by the development in other parts of India, and the political stability in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Muhammed Farooq Sulehria’s presentation was entitled ”The Kashmir Cauldron: Complexities facing the nationalistic political project” offered a lot of insights regarding the Kashmir national question. Read the paper.
Sulehria argues that the Kashmir question remains a tripartite dispute whereby Kashmiris constitute the third elemental party to the dispute, and that India and Pakistan mutually want to maintain a status quo on  the Kashmir dispute for strategic reasons.
The seminar was followed by a screening of ”Lakeer”, a feature film on Kashmir by British-Kashmiri film maker Ali Daalat, who was present and held an introductory speech about the film about people who have had to suffer great pain and separation because of India’s partition in 1947. The film skillfully brings alive the pre- and the post-partition life in Jammu and Kashmir, and how the locals have coped with their lives after the Partition.

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