Who Would Come Forward?

Earlier today, Saturday, curfew was reported to have been relaxed in a phased manner in almost the entire Kashmir Valley for the first time after two weeks. There is also news that the Government of India has announced plans to release student protesters, reopen schools and universities and set up a high-level committee to open dialogue with political parties, civil society groups, students and other representatives.

However, as curfew restrictions continued all across Kashmir last Thursday for the 12th day running, with only partial relaxation in some areas earlier, we spoke with Dilnaz Boga, a Mumbai-based journalist who has lived in Srinagar since last December. In addition to being a journalist, Dilnaz has also been a researcher focusing on children. She wrote her Master’s thesis in 2004 on the “Cycles of violence: The impact of human rights violations on the children in Kashmir.” She also produced the documentary “Invisible Kashmir: The other Side of Jannat (Paradise)” on the impact of long years of conflict on Kashmiri children.

She carries a deep pain and anguish within herself over the plight of the Kashmiris purely on humanitarian grounds. To great extent her thesis on ‘Cycles of Violence’ that focused on the Kashmiri children has left some deep imprints on her.

Part 1: In this part, Dilnaz, talks about her recent experiences of life under the curfew, the protests of children and young adults and the role of women in the protests:

Part 2: In this part, Dilnaz talks about her observations as a journalist working in Kashmir, about the stone pelters and the response of the state to them, about the challenges of explaining the events inKashmir to her friends back in Mumbai and where she finds hope in Kashmir.