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Kashmir’s Stone Pelter Answers to Questions from Someone called the Sovereign

Ather Zia September 28th, 2010, originally published in Dissident Voice You ask about his birth? No, no he was not born today. No not at the time you see him, frozen in the frames of countless magazines and screens, aggressive and intent on throwing the stone at the well armed and armored Indian trooper whose […]

In the Killing Fields of Kashmir (aka Paradise on Earth)

originally published in 2010, Dissident Voice, http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/09/in-the-killing-fields-of-kashmir-aka-paradise-on-earth/ The scene at the Srinagar airport was as fraught as it was baffling outside. The Kashmir policemen lolled in the chairs, one stood up lazily as the passengers filed in, with a careless point of the baton he instructed anyone a shade lighter to go to the immigration […]

Kashmiri Women: Concerns, Milestones & Solutions

Ather Zia originally published in Kashmir Affairs, UK, July 30 2007. For the last 16 years Kashmir has been embroiled in a fulminating manifestation of a turmoil that has been simmering since 1947. The issue is protracted and violent, having taken a massive toll on human lives. Women amidst the mayhem have been equal recipients […]

Violence Against Women in Kashmir

Read the article Violence Agaisnt Women in Women Without Borders Newsletter here Violence against Women in Kashmir

Ather Zia / Abode of the God? / Four corners of extreme pain

Ather Zia Artist Statement As a people living under an occupation which is camouflaged within a patina of democratic set-up and draconian laws, there is a constant erasure of our bodies, memories and identities. We are inflicted with active forgetting in order to survive. At the border where the direct gaze of prose is constricted […]