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The Kashmir Initiative: Kashmir Speaker Series

Kashmir Speaker Series
“The World's Most Militarized Dispute”


Dr. Sugata Bose - Dr. Bose is the Gardiner Professor of History and Director of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University. His field of specialization is modern South Asian and Indian Ocean history. His most recent book A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire crosses area studies and disciplinary frontiers and bridges the domains of political economy and culture.

Dr. Bose has served as Director of Graduate Studies in History at Harvard and is the first Director of Harvardís South Asia Initiative. During 2008 he delivered the Rajendranath Das Keynote Lecture at the annual South Asian Studies conference at the University of California-Berkeley, the keynote lecture at the 10th annual conference of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University, and the Gustav Pollak Lecture 2008 at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997.

He has made three documentary films on modern South Asian history and politics that have been broadcast on public television in the USA and India.

Dr. Bose was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and received his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge.
Sugata Bose
Selected Bibliography
  • A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the Age of Global Empire. Harvard University Press. 2006.
  • Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy with Ayesha Jalal. Routledge. 2004.
  • Nationalism, Democracy and Development with Ayesha Jalal. Oxford University Press. 1997.
  • Credit, Markets and the Agrarian Economy of Colonial India. Oxford University Press. 1994.
  • Peasant Labour and Colonial Capital in The New Cambridge History of India series. 1993.
  • South Asia and World Capitalism. Oxford University Press. 1990.
  • Agrarian Bengal: Economy, Social Structure and Politics. Cambridge University Press. 1986.

Angana Chatterji
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Dr. Angana Chatterji - Dr.  Chatterji is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). An advocate for social justice, Professor C hatterji has been working with postcolonial social movements, local communities, institutions and citizens groups, and state institutions in India and internationally, since 1984, toward enabling participatory democracy.

Dr. Chatterji has worked on public policy connected to public lands reform, addressing issues of indigenous land rights, community governance and grassroots resistance as mediated by class, ethnicity, religion, migration, displacement and statelessness. She is currently working on mapping the intersections of majoritarian nationalism and social and gendered violence in Orissa, India, and on issues of militarization, gender, identity, and self-determination in Indian-administered Kashmir. She also works with issues of hyper-nationalism, diaspora, and identity politics in the United States.

Since April 2008, Professor Chatterji has been the co-founder and co-convener of the International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir, together with Advocate Parvez Imroz, Gautam Navlakha, Zahir-Ud-Din, Advocate Mihir Desai, and Khurram Parvez.

She has worked in association with and received support for her work from various institutions including the Planning Commission of India, Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development, Ford Foundation, Wallace Global Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, SwedForest, Marra Foundation, and Center for Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Chatterji lives and works both in India and the Bay Area. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in the Humanities with a focus in Development Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Selected Bibliography
  • Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present; Narratives from Orissa., Three Essays Collective Press. 2009.
  • Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia. Notes on the Postcolonial Present with Lubna Nazir Chaudhry (Eds.). Zubaan Books/Kali for Women. Forthcoming 2009.
  • Dark Leaves of the Present with Shabnam Hashmi (eds.).Anhad. 2005.
  • Community Forest Management in Arabari: Understanding Socioeconomic and Subsistence Issues. New Delhi: Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development and Ford Foundation. 1996.
Reports, Memos, Letters: Articles: Video:
  • Mass Graves in Kashmir, Clip 1
  • Mass Graves in Kashmir, Clip 2

Alexander Evans - Alexander Evans is a Yale World Fellow and is also a Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.  A British diplomat currently on sabbatical from the Foreign Office, he has served as First Secretary Political in New Delhi (2005) and Islamabad (2007-2009), as well as in the Policy Planning Staff (2005-2007).  Prior to joining the Foreign Office he worked as research director at Policy Exchange, a London think-tank, and was an associate fellow at Chatham House.  He worked for UNAMA in Afghanistan in 2002.  He has previously held posts at King’s College London and the Stimson Center in Washington DC, and has also worked for several other think-tanks.

Mr. Evans has a particular academic interest in Jammu & Kashmir, which he has been visiting and researching since 1992. While his original focus was on the Kashmir Valley, drawing on a spell at Kashmir University in 1993, he has more recently been researching the social and political history of Pakistani-administered Kashmir and the role of Jammu Muslims who migrated to Pakistan in 1947.  His work draws on extensive field interviews and archival research.   He founded, a Kashmir resource web-site, which he edited for five years.  He has reviewed books on South Asia for Contemporary South Asia, Asian Affairs, RUSI Journal, Millennium, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He also commented on South Asia for BBC World and CNN from 1999 to 2003 and has participated in three television documentaries on Kashmir.
Alexander Evans
Selected Bibliography
Book Chapters:
  • ‘Kashmiri Exceptionalism’. The Valley of Kashmir: The Making and Unmaking of a Composite Culture. T.N.Madan and Aparna Rao (eds.) New Delhi: Manohar.  2008.
  • ‘On Disinterest’. Decadence. Digby Anderson (ed.) London: Social Affairs Unit. October 2005.
  • ‘Afghanistan’. Regime Change: it’s been done before. Roger Gough (ed.) Policy Exchange, London. May 2003.
  • ‘An Analysis of Political Violence in Jammu & Kashmir 1988-1997: Gun Rule?’ Warlords in International Relations. P. Rich (ed.) Macmillan.  August 1999.
  • “Madrasah education: Necessity or Rational Choice?” Harvard International Review 30 (3). Fall 2008.
  • “Understanding madrasahs.” Foreign Affairs 85. 1 January/February 2006.
  • “Kashmir: A Tale of Two Valleys.” Asian Affairs XXXVI (I).  March 2005.
  • “Forecasting India’s potential.” Round Table, 93 (376). September 2004.
  • “Generating change?” The World Today.  October 2002.
  • “India flexes its muscles.” Foreign Policy. May/June 2002.
  • “India, Pakistan and the Prospect of War.” Current History 101 (654). April 2002.
    “A departure from history: Kashmiri Pandits 1990-2000.” Contemporary South Asia 11 (1). April 2002.
  • “The Heart of the Matter.” (New Delhi). January 23, 2002.
  • “Talibanising Kashmir.” The World Today 57 (12). December 2001.
  • “The conflict in Kashmir.”Defense Review. November 2001.
  • “Kashmir: Progress but not a Peace Process.” Peace Initiatives (New Delhi).  July-December 2001.
  • “Attacks on the US, lasting impact on Kashmir.” Kashmir Observer. September 13, 2001.
  • “Why Kashmir is the Moldova of Asia.” Expedition Magazine (Srinagar, Kashmir). September 2001.
  • “Can a LoC deal be sold?” (New Delhi).  June 13, 2001.
  • “Why Peace Won’t Come to Kashmir.” Current History 100 (645). April 2001.
  • “Kashmir: Reducing Tension is Not Enough.” Washington Quarterly 24 (2). March 2001.
  • “As bad as it gets: The Kashmir Insurgency.” Small Wars and Insurgencies 11 (1). Spring 2000.
  • “Kashmir: The Past Ten Years.” Asian Affairs XXX (I). February 1999.
  • “Kashmir: The Conflict Continues.”Al Mizan (The Balance) 1 (2). Spring 1995.

Ahmad Faruqui Dr. Ahmad Faruqui - Dr. Faruqui is a social scientist based in San Francisco, US and an associate of the Pakistan Security Research Unit at the University of Bradford, UK.  He writes a fortnightly column in Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, and is a regular contributor to The RUSI Journal, London and to

He was a weekly columnist for the Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan from the time of its inception in 2002 to December 2007 and has published political commentary in Asia Times, Counterpunch, The Egyptian Gazette, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The San Jose Mercury News.

Dr. Faruqui has given lectures on Pakistani security issues at various forums including the Commonwealth Club of California, the Naval Post-Graduate School (Monterey), the Rotary Club (Northern California), Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the US Army War College and the World Affairs Council (Houston).  He has taught economics at the University of California at Davis and the University of Karachi, Pakistan and in the School of Business at San Jose State University.

Dr. Faruqui holds a B.A. and M.A. in economics from University of Karachi, Pakistan and a Ph.D. in economics from  University of California at Davis.
Selected Bibliography
  • Musharraf’s Pakistan, Bush’s America and the Middle East. Vanguard Books. 2008.
  • Pakistan: Unresolved Issues of State & Society, with Farooq Hasnat (eds.). Vanguard Books. 2008.  
  • Rethinking the National Security of Pakistan. Ashgate Publishing. 2003.
  • “Pakistan: Adrift Once Again.” The RUSI Journal.  April 2009.
  • “Fraught with Uncertainty: Pakistan’s Third Democratic Transition.” Brief Number 31, Pakistan Security Research Unit, University of Bradford, UK. 7 May 2008.
  • “Broadening American-Pakistani Ties.” The RUSI Journal. February 2005.
  • “Is the USA fighting terrorism with the wrong weapons?” Security Dialogue.  March 2003.
  • “Pakistan: The Political Economy of Militarism.” Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2002.
  • “South Asia’s Enduring Conflict.” Asian Defence and Diplomacy. March 2002.
  • “General Musharraf’s Management of Pakistan’s National Security.” The RUSI Journal. February 2002.
  • “Recidivist Militarism in Pakistan.” Asian Affairs. October 2001.
  • “Waiting for America: the continuing predicament of Pakistan.” Journal of Conflict, Security and Development. 2001.
  • “Pakistan in the eye of the cyclone.” Asian Affairs. 2001.
  • “The complex dynamics of Sino-Pakistan ties.” IPRI Journal (Islamabad). 2001.
  • “Scenarios of Pakistan’s long-term security environment.” Defence Journal (Karachi). August 2001.
  • “Beyond Strategic Myopia in South Asia.” Strategic Review. 2001.
  • “Failure in Command: Lessons from Pakistan’s Indian Wars.” Defense Analysis. Number 2001.
  • “The Fallacy of Nuclear Deterrence.” Asia Pacific Military Balance. 2000/2001.
  • “Pakistan’s Strategic Myopia.” The RUSI Journal. April 2000. 

John Halpern - Mr. Halpern is a New York City based filmmaker and artist.

His first documentary, JOSEPH BEUYS/ TRANSFORMER (1988) is a portrait of the controversial German sculptor and his work. This story about art and transformation takes us into the subjective mind and inner evolution of its main character. Halpern further explored this theme of individual and cultural transformation with the films REFUGE (2005) and TALKING WITH THE DALAI LAMA (2006).

Director's Comments: "In the wake of 9/11, my research for a film about anger brought me to Kashmir, a place called paradise, and to some individuals there who were formerly violent, but who are currently peace activists. The film I am making will articulate how a belief in peace anchors these characters to a degree of sanity despite the horrors of the past 60 years."

John Halpern
"Although, we will paint this story on a canvas that circumscribes the relevant political issues and its horrors, the film will take us on a rich and humanistic journey through the poetry, art, spirituality and nature that inhabit our characters' minds and activities. I see this inspirational story as a metaphor for so many other regions throughout history where similar conflicts have severely damaged civilian life, cultures and the natural environment and where the struggle for peace still persists."
  • Film Festivals: Locarno, Montreal, San Francisco, Chicago, Breckenridge, Century City, Raindance, Woodshole, Melborne, India's Tibetan Film Festival.
  • Premiers: National Film Board of Canada, New York's Quad Cinema, Toronto's Bloor, Miami's Cinema Paradise, and Berlin's Babylon.
  • Broadcasts: Dutch, Swiss, German, Austrian TV, Italian RAI.
  • Film Exhibitions: National Film Theater of London; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheims in Venice, Berlin and Bilbao; Kunsthalle, Zurich.
He is the recipient of awards from the Swiss government and grants from the New York Council on the Arts and numerous other foundations and governments in Europe. The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is his fiscal sponsor.

John Halpern was born in 1954, in New York. He's been producing and directing films since 1971. He lived and worked in Europe for 12 years between 1980-98. His MDS Film Studios is based in Union Square, New York.

Parvez Imroz Parvez Imroz - Parvez Imroz is a human rights advocate and civil rights activist in Srinagar.  Advocate Imroz joined the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 1978, and his work has been in response to political tensions and increased militarization in Kashmir. Advocate Imroz is co-founder and President of Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), an alliance of diverse groups. JKCCS members include the Association for Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) (which Imroz co-founded with Ms. Parveena Ahangar in 1994, and of which he is a Patron). JKCCS has documented escalating human rights violations and legal and political impunity in Kashmir since the late 1980s. Advocate Imroz is also founder of the Public Commission on Human Rights (PCHR).

Since April 2008, Advocate Imroz, together with Dr. Angana Chatterji and others, has been the co-founder and co-convener of the International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Advocate Imroz was honored with the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize in 2006 by the Human Rights Institutes of the Bar of Bordeaux, Brussels, Paris, and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE). The Ludovic-Trarieux Prize, an international award given annually to one lawyer for contributions to the defense of human rights.

Dr. Ayesha Jalal - Dr. Jalal is 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.
Ayesha Jalal
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.

Suvir Kual Dr. Suvir Kaul - Dr. 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 - Mr. 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. Robert Nickelsberg

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