From Domicile to Dominion: India’s Settler Colonial Agenda in Kashmir

By bringing Hindu temples and relics to the fore, the Indian state and its proponents have only fueled the idea that it is Muslim Kashmiris who are the “exogenous ‘Others.’” In fact, India has crafted Kashmir’s public identity into a Hindu one, as more and more highly romanticized pilgrimages emerge in the Kashmir Valley. Indeed, it was the Amarnath pilgrimage that the state heavily advertised in the months leading up to the abrogation. Ultimately, where India is depicted as the Hindu imaginary “Bharat Mata” (Mother India), Kashmir, in India’s eyes, is her head.

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