The stereotypical Kashmir narrative runs on a grinding machine of disinformation, half truths and concocted accounts unrelentingly flowing from Pakistan. This is an obfuscation of truth. Through the cruel, merciless arms of terrorism, atrocities and pain have been inflicted upon the Kashmiris. Hair-raising terrorist atrocities over more than 30 years tell the story of how Pakistan has ripped apart the life and happiness of Kashmiris.
It is never easy to challenge the narrative constructed by Pakistan on Kashmir. This is not an exoneration of the state for its faults and follies. But Kashmir desperately needs a new intellectual discourse. It needs new perspectives. The beneficiaries shall be all of us: We, our loved ones, our society—all of Kashmir that wants to live an abundant, enriched and peaceful life.