VIOLENCE IS INTEGRAL TO COLONIAL ASSERTION OF SOVEREIGNTY: DR DIBYESH ANAND
Centre for Research and Development Policy-(CRDP) celebrated second anniversary of KehwaTalk by organising talks on two separate themes, ‘Colonial Practices of Post-colonial Nations’ and ‘Post-colonial Neo-liberal Nationalism in India’.
Dr. Dibyesh Anand, the London-based internationally renowned academician, and acclaimed novelist, Dr Nitasha Kaul, delivered talks followed by a question answer session in a jam-packed seminar hall here.
Dr Anand, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations at London’s Westminster University, threw light on various colonial practices of post-colonial states like China, India and Pakistan.
According to a statement by organisers, Dr Anand said the post-colonial states “illegalise reality” by employing language of control. “One sees dominance of sovereignty talk and territorial control in post-colonial nation states. Also, democracy is used for political control,” he said.
In his 40-minute long talk, the speaker explained in detail how the absence or lack of democracy is colonial nature of nation states.
“Violence is integral to colonial assertion of sovereignty,” he said, giving examples of Kashmir, Tibet, Balochistan and Palestine.
Talking of asymmetric relation of power, Dr Anand said that “the nation states use militarisation for social transformation, violence, economic exploitation and cultural subservience.”
Dr. Nitasha Kaul, the second speaker, delivered her 45-minute long talk on ‘Post-colonial Neo-liberal Nationalism in India’. “On landing in New Delhi, i was stunned to see how Hinduised India has become.
“Landing in Srinagar after a gap of five years, I was surprised to see how Indianised Srinagar has become through the lettering, signboards, and symbolic landscape,” she said.
Dr. Kaul described the present regime led by Narendra Modi in New Delhi as “rightwing, misogynist, conservative, and authoritarian” in nature while accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to “rewrite history”.
She argued that free liberal economy and nationalism go hand in hand while adding that in Modi-led India “the minorities and marginalised sections have become a casualty”.
Dr. Peer GN Suhail, Director Centre for Research and Policy Development (CRDP), moderated the session and made a presentation to shed light on two year journey of Kehwa Talk.
Gowhar Geelani, journalist and analyst, reviewed the two years of Kehwa Talks.
Editor in chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bhukari called for delinking of any discourse that clubs Kashmir with other disputes in South Asian region saying that Kashmir unlike other disputes is internationally known political dispute having UN resolutions as its base.
He also argued at length how Kashmiris view BJP and Congress as no different from each other even though they profess different political ideologies.
“Both the parties have adopted the same attitude towards Kashmir and used religion to undermine genuine aspiration of Kashmiris,” he said.