Illustration by Namita Sunil
As we mark one year since the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A we must reckon with how we have failed Kashmir.
While the Indian Constitution formally outlaws untouchability and its practice, caste continues to be a determining feature of independent India. Caste is everywhere.
There are a lot of structural reasons why Guruswamy and Katju get to present themselves as leaders of this movement, and in doing so, tap into exactly the structural violence through which Section 377 has come to be represented.
Between 7 to 9 August 2020, over 600,000 ASHAs went on a strike. They demanded better pay, medical protection, regular COVID-19 testing, and the status of government employees.
Kashmir is not just densely occupied. It is thoroughly occupied. It is intricately occupied. It is omnipresently occupied. It is repeatedly occupied.
Drugs and addiction are fundamentally intertwined, and yet the word ‘addiction’ does not appear in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985) of India