The Listening Post

Silenced and shut down: Kashmir’s year of lockdown

A year since Kashmir lost its autonomy, narratives of the region’s past, present and future are as contested as ever.

It has been more than a year since New Delhi scrapped Indian-administered Kashmir’s special status. Why has the region’s history been so hotly disputed – on the ground and in the news media – since India’s independence from the United Kingdom more than 70 years ago?


Rahul Pandita – Journalist and author, Our Moon Has Blood Clots

Siddiq Wahid – Senior fellow, Centre for Policy Research India

Nitasha Kaul – Associate professor, University of Westminster

Suhasini Haidar – National and diplomatic affairs editor, The Hindu

Aarti Tikoo Singh – Foreign affairs editor, Indo-Asian News Service

Against all odds: Reporting under Kashmir’s communications blackout

What has the revocation of Article 370 – and the security lockdown and communication blackout that followed – meant for Kashmiris and the journalists trying to tell their stories?


Anuradha Bhasin – Executive editor, Kashmir Times

Peerzada Ashiq – Senior journalist, The Hindu

Syed Shahriyar – Photojournalist