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Epistemes of human rights in Kashmir: Paradoxes of universality and particularity.

  • Academic Journal
  • Sharma, Sarbani1 (AUTHOR)
  • Journal of Human Rights. Apr-Jun2022, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p158-173. 16p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
  • Human rights violations through militarized control have been the cornerstone of Indian statecraft in Indian-administered Kashmir. This article offers a close reading of the April 2017 episode of using a civilian Kashmiri Muslim man as a human shield by the Indian Army in Indian-administered Kashmir. Whereas the existing scholarship on the relationship between militarization, human rights violations, and Hindutva politics have employed political or feminist analytical frameworks, this article focuses on rereading the episode of human shield usage to analyze how "universality" of human rights in India is being redefined. It reflects on how the ruling right-wing government in India appropriates the language of violations and afflictions to embolden its strategies to alter the grammar of human rights in India. Drawing on a discourse analysis of the human shield event, the article deliberates on how anthropology of Hindutva and right-wing extremism research could pay greater attention to the conversation between Hindutva theology of rights and neoliberal ethics when approaching questions of recurrent human rights violations in Kashmir. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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