Mughal Mass spent 22 years searching for her son, Nazir Ahmed. In 2009, she passed away, her son was never found.
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
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.
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.
On July’s Kashmir Speaks Khurram Parvez, human rights advocate, discusses some of the protests in Kashmir that took place in June. In addition he speaks about the former Indian Army official Avtar Singh murdering his wife and children and then committing suicide in California. Then Mohamad Junaid, Kashmiri anthropologist, discusses how living in such a densely militarized zone affects the psyches of people living in Kashmir.
Tara Dorabji is in conversation with author, Tariq Ali. Tariq Ali is the author of dozens of books including his contributions to the anthology Kashmir: the Case for Freedom. The anthology includes writing from Tariq Ali, Angana Chatterji, Arundhati Roy, and more. Also we hear poetry by Junaid Rather.
Kashmir Speaks on KPFA investigates youth detentions in Kashmir. An interview with Danish Manzoor, resident editor at Dainik Jagran-CityPlus, discusses reporting on the human rights crisis in Kashmir, April 6, 2012.
Kashmir: the Untold Story of Indian Occupation, Tara Dorabji, Project Censored Blog, 2011
A few days before I left for India, American journalist, David Barsamian, was deported from New Delhi for his coverage of Kashmir. Barsamian reports for AlterNet one of the few national free speech radio outlets in the US. News reports quoted officials saying that his deportation resulted from his reporting on Kashmir during his 2009-10 trip to India, while on a tourist visa. If reporting the truth in Kashmir can get you deported, I was in danger.
On my first day in Srinagar, the local head of surveillance let me know he was fully aware of my arrival. It was a discreet enough interaction, but served its purpose: I was being watched. My threat? A pen and paper to record the stories of Kashmiris.