A conversation with Essar Batool, co author of the book, Do you remember Kunanposhpora? Essar Batool works to develop leadership among young women and volunteers with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, documenting human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been over 60,000 cases of documented cases of torture in Indian administered Kashmir. Kuman and Poshpora are twin villages in Indian administered Kashmir. In 1991, 31 women were gang raped by the 4th Rajpuntana Rifles regiment of the Indian Army. No conviction have been made, despite survivors launching a new case in 2013. Do you remember Kunanposhpora? documents the stories, the horrors and the dignity of these women as they search for justice. This interview first aired on APEX Express, KPFA.
On International Women’s Day, Kashmiri and Palestinian women discuss their resistance to occupation. Kashmir and Palestine are both under vast military occupation. The Israeli government controls the movement of people and goods within Palestine. Kashmir is the most densely militarized land on earth. An estimated 70,000 Kashmiris have died as a result of the Indian occupation. On March 8, 2015 Salima Hamirani and Tara Dorabji were in conversation with Palestinian American educator Samia Showman, Rama Kased from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and Kashmiri anthropologist Ather Zia, discussing how women in Kashmir and Palestine keep the resistance movement alive. Women in Resistance aired as part of KPFA’s special programming for International Women’s Day.
In Kashmir, the babies are dying. Since 2008, over 4,000 babies have died in the government run children’s hospital—Govind Ballabh Pant. Despite numerous government investigations, a complete change in administration, and massive civilian protests—no one has gotten to the bottom of why these babies continue to die. Aliya Bashir, a senior multimedia reporter with the Global Press Institute based in Indian-Administered Kashmir, discusses her work, covering infant mortality in Kashmir. This segment first aired on KPFA’s La Onda Bajita.
UC Berkeley lecturer, Huma Dar, discusses the recent court decision that is forcing the police in Kashmir to reinvestigate the 22-year-old gang rape case that took place in Kunan Poshpora in the Kupwara district of Indian administered Kashmir. There have been no convictions to date—after 22 years the victims have again taken their plea back to the court which is requiring further investigation. This edition of Kashmir Speaks aired on KPFA’s La Onda Bajita. The segment features Rasheed Jahangir’s song, Mayi Chani Rawam Raat Doh.
Former BBC journalist, Ather Zia, discusses her research on the disappeared in Kashmir. From 1989 to 2011 there have been 8,000 disappearances and 70,000 deaths of Kashmiris resulting from the Indian occupation. Ather Zia is also the editor of Kashmir Lit. This segment of Kashmir Speaks aired on KPFA’s La Onda Bajita. Music is by MC Kash.
On Kashmir Speaks Huma Dar discusses the December 10 strikes and protest that took place in Kashmir to mark International Human Rights Day. In addition, Huma Dar discusses the media black out on the report Alleged Perpetrators that compiles evidence and names alleged perpetrators of human rights crimes in Kashmir. Also, Huma Dar reads some poetry written by Agha Shahid Ali. Huma Dar is a lecturer in the Asian American & Asian Diasporas Studies Program of Ethnic Studies Dept. at UC Berkeley. Music by MC Kash and Mohammed Muneem. This segment first aired on La Onda Bajita, KPFA.
On Kashmir Speaks on KPFA Mohammed Junaid, a Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how the Indian authorities suppress social media in Kashmir. Mohammed Junaid goes on to discuss the impact of social media on the nonviolent independence movement in Kashmir. Then Naima Shalhoub, Oakland based singer and song writer, performs her song dedicated to the people of Kashmir. Naima Shalhoub discusses her inspiration for the song. Then a song by MC Kash.
Dispatches From the Media Revolution by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth, and Project Censored sheds light on the most censored stories of 2012. Censored 2013 includes the chapter, Indian-Administered Kashmir: An Occupation of Truth, written by Tara Dorabji.
Join editors Mickey Huff and Andy Roth and contributors including Tara Dorabji, Adam Bessie, Ken Burrows and more at a book release party for Censored 2013:
Saturday, December 1
7:00 pm social hour including wine, beer, and appetizers
8:00 pm program
at Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics
99 6th Street, in Santa Rosa, CA
$15 suggested donations, no one turned away for lack of funds
See the video from the Nov 3 book release party at Moe’s Books
Listen to interviews with contributors of Censored 2013 on KPFA’s Morning Mix. Guests include: Elliot Cohen, Susan Rahman, Kenn Burrows, Adam Bessie, Almerindo Ojeda, Tara Dorabji, and Sarah van Gelder.
Order your copy of Censored 2013 right here.
Salman Rushdie speaks with Tara Dorabji on KPFA’s Apex Express about his new memoir, Joseph Anton. From spies to death threats to deep within government security—Rushdie’s memoir is a real life thriller that delves into the human psyche and the journey toward love and freedom.
Recorded for KPFA at the Women’s Audio Mission with technical assistance from Laura Dean and help from Preeti Shekar.
On Kashmir Speaks, independent film-maker Sanjay Kak discusses his most recent film: Jashn e Azadi (How we celebrate freedom). Sanjay Kak shot the documentary with a two-person crew in the most densely militarized land on earth. Sanjay Kak is also the editor of Until My Freedom Has Come: the new intifada in Kashmir, which will be released in the US in November 2012.