If the armed conflict continued the way it is, in Kashmir it will push a larger population into marginalisation, claims a new book on Kashmir, “Marginalisation in Kashmir” authored by Hamid Rather, Kashmir-based freelance journalist.
The ‘Victims of Conflict’ has emerged as a new category of the marginalised apart from the historically, linguistically and geographically marginalised groups in Kashmir.
The Book “Marginalisation in Kashmir” reveals that prolonged armed conflict in Kashmir has swelled the sphere of the marginalization from few historical and geographical groups to almost entire society. The ‘Victims of Conflict’ (VoC) has emerged as a major category of the marginalised in Kashmir. The ‘VoC’ includes ‘Rape Victims’, ‘Displaced Kashmiri Pandits’, ‘Disappeared Persons’ families, ‘Orphan’, ‘Ex-militants’, ‘Victims of Disabling Physical Torture and Mental Disorder’.
The book ratifies the proposition proved by many other researchers that wars and conflicts render societies marginalized and Kashmir is no more a different story which is rendered marginalised by the prolonged war. The book also comprehends the media agenda over the issue of marginalisation in Kashmir and has pioneered the discourse that marginalisation criteria should be set by the media itself and should not be left to the State always. This book is a kind of seminal work conducted with an investigative insight, different perspective and fresh approach.