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The Kashmir Initiative: People

Mallika Kaur

Mallika Kaur,

Mallika Kaur focuses on South Asian human rights and security issues. Her perspectives have been informed by growing up in Punjab and having worked on advocacy efforts in the United States since 2001. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, with a concentration in International and Global Affairs and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, with a Certificate in International Law. She has worked with underrepresented communities in South Asia as well as in the Diaspora. Multilingual and with a commitment to building bridges between disparate ethnic groups, NGOs, and state actors, Kaur continues to work toward promoting inclusive security and democracy. Under Rory Stewart's leadership, she helped co-found the Kashmir Initiative in 2009. Currently, Kaur serves as the Initiative's Coordinator.

Dr. Ajaz Wani

Dr. Ajaz Wani,
2010-11 Student Liaison

Dr. Ajaz Wani studies molecular basis of inheritance in living organisms. Besides experimentation in the laboratory, Dr. Wani is interested in science and international affairs and human rights in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).  Born in J&K, Dr. Wani has witnessed the conflict prevailing in the J&K for nearly two decades. Dr. Wani has obtained Masters in Biochemistry from The University of Kashmir and Ph. D. in Biochemistry from NCBS-TIFR Bangalore, India. Dr. Wani is presently a Post Doctoral fellow at Faculty of Arts and Science, Harvard University.

Advisory Board

Dr. Angana Chatterji

Dr. Angana Chatterji

Dr. Angana P. Chatterji is an anthropologist and historian of the present. An advocate for social justice, Dr. Chatterji has been working with postcolonial and subaltern social movements, civil society and citizens groups, and state and other institutions, since 1984, toward enabling participatory democracy.

Dr. Chatterji has worked on public policy connected to land reforms, indigenous rights, community governance, and grassroots resistance. In the past decade, she has been mapping the intersections of majoritarian nationalism and social violence in Orissa, India, and issues of militarization and gendered violence, and human rights and peaceable resolution in Indian-administered Kashmir. She is beginning work on conflict resolution and cultural survival in Nepal. She also works with issues of hyper-nationalism, diaspora, and identity politics in the United States.

Dr. Chatterji is Co-founder and Co-convener of the International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir, which she instituted with Parvez Imroz in 2008. The Tribunalís work on unidentified and mass graves was corroborated by the State Human Rights Commission, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, in 2011, leading to the first formal acknowledgement of the existence of unknown and unmarked graves. (

Dr. Chatterji served on the faculty in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies, from 1997-2011. She has received support for her work from various institutions, including the Planning Commission of India, Ford Foundation, Wallace Global Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, SwedForest, Marra Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Chatterji holds a BA and an MA in Political Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities.

Selected Recent Bibliography

  • Tariq Ali, Hilal Bhat, Angana P. Chatterji, Pankaj Mishra, & Arundhati Roy, Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (London: Verso Books, London, October 2011), Co-contributed Anthology.
  • Angana P. Chatterji & Lubna Nazir Chaudhry (eds.), Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia. Notes on the Postcolonial Present (New Delhi: Zubaan Books, December 2011).
  • Angana P. Chatterji, Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present; Narratives from Orissa (New Delhi: Three Essays Collective Press, March 2009).

Human Rights Reports

  • Angana P. Chatterji & Parvez Imroz et al., Buried Evidence: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves in Indian-administered Kashmir; A preliminary report (Srinagar: International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir, November 2009).
  • Angana P. Chatterji & Mihir Desai (eds.), Communalism in Orissa (Mumbai: Indian People’s Tribunal, 2006).
  • Angana P. Chatterji & Harsh Mander, Without Land or Livelihood. The Indira Sagar Dam: State Accountability and Rehabilitation Issues (New Delhi: Center for Equity Studies, 2004).


  • Angana P. Chatterji, “Witnessing as Feminist Intervention in India-administered Kashmir,” In Ania Loomba & Ritty Lukose (eds.), Feminisms in South Asia: Contemporary Interventions (Durham: Duke University Press, Forthcoming March 2012).
  • Angana P. Chatterji, “Kashmir: A Time for Freedom,” In Sanjay Kak (ed.), Until My Freedom Has    Come; The New Intifada in Kashmir; A Reader (Delhi: Penguin Books, 2011).
  • Angana P. Chatterji & Richard Shapiro, “Knowledge-Making as Intervention: The Academy and Social   Change,” In Bunyan Bryant (ed.), Environmental Crisis of Crisis of Epistemology? Working for Sustainable Knowledge and Environmental Justice (Garden City: Morgan James Publishing, 2011).
  • Sukanya Banerjee, Angana P. Chatterji, Lubna Nazir Chaudhry, Manali Desai, Saadia Toor & Kamala Visweswaran, “Engendering Violence: Boundaries, Histories, and the Everyday,” In Angana P. Chatterji & Lubna Nazir Chaudhry (Guest Editors), “Gendered Violence in South Asia: Nation and Community in the Postcolonial Present,” Cultural Dynamics: Theory Cross-Cultures, 16   (2/3), Special double issue (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2004), 125-39.


  • Kashmir: A “No-Peace” Political Initiative. Conveyor Newsmagazine, Srinagar, Volume 2, No 8, September-October 2010.

Dr. Ayesha Jalal

Dr. Ayesha Jalal

Dr. Ayesha Jalal the Mary Richardson Professor of History and the Director of Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University. She joined Tufts in 1999 and since 2003 has held a joint appointment at the History Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Her research interests include modern South Asian history, culture and politics; decolonization in Asia; and Islam. She serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary South Asian Studies Series, Cambridge University Press; Member Editorial Board, Third World Quarterly and Zameen.

Dr. Jalal was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-84), Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-87), Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC (1985-86) and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-90). Between 1998-2003, she was a MacArthur Fellow. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tufts University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.

Dr. Jalal received her B.A. in history and political science from Wellesley College in 1978, and received her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1983.

Selected Bibliography

  • Battle for Pakistan. Forthcoming.
  • Jinnah. Permanent Black - India and Indiana University Press.
  • Companion to Modern South Asia with Sugata Bose. Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia. Harvard University Press. 2008.
  • Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia. Routledge. 2000.
  • Modern South Asian History, Culture, Political Economy, with Sugata Bose. Routledge. 1998.
  • Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India, with Sugata Bose (eds.). Oxford University Press. 1997.
  • Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective. Cambridge University Press. 1995.
  • State of Martial Rule; the Origins of Pakistan's Political Economy of Defense. Cambridge University Press. 1990.
  • The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan. Cambridge University Press. 1985.


Dr. Suvir Kaul

Dr. Suvir Kaul

Dr. Suvir Kaul is the A. M. Rosenthal Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. He is on the advisory committee of the University's South Asia Center.

He teaches courses in Eighteenth-century British Literature, Contemporary South Asian Writing in English, and in Literary and Critical Theory.
Dr. Kaul has taught the SGTB Khalsa College in Delhi, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at Stanford University, and at the Jamia Milia Islamia as a Visiting Professor. He has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Canterbury at Kent and at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

Dr. Kaul received his B. A. (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, and his Ph. D. from Cornell University.

Selected Bibliography
  • Eighteenth-century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Edinburgh University Press.  2009.
  • Poems of Nation, Anthems of Empire: English Verse in the Long Eighteenth Century University Press of Virginia, 2000; Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Thomas Gray and Literary Authority: Ideology and Poetics in Eighteenth-Century England. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992; Stanford University Press, 1992.
  • Editor. The Partitions of Memory: the afterlife of the division of India. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2001; London: C. Hurst, 2001; Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
  • Postcolonial Studies and Beyond with Ania Loomba, Antoinette Burton, Matti Bunzl and Jed Esty (eds.). Durham: Duke University Press, 2005; Delhi: Permanent Black, 2005.


Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg

Robert Nickelsberg is a photojournalist whose work often features in Times magazine. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated in 1972 from the University of Vermont. In 1981, he moved to El Salvador and began a 4-year stay covering Central America as a contract photographer for Time Magazine. Nickelsberg moved to South East Asia in 1986 and New Delhi, India in 1988. Nickelsberg has extensively documented the insurgency in India's Kashmir, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Hindu nationalism in India. Nickelsberg relocated to the U.S. in 1999. He continues to document the social changes and on-going effects of terrorism and insurgencies in South Asia and the Middle East. In 2007, Nickelsberg was awarded a research grant from the South Asia Journalists Association and the Dart Foundation for a study on trauma after 20 years of insurgency in Kashmir, India.

A selection of Mr. Nickelsberg’s photo essays are available at:

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