Foundational Violence

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‘Foundational Violence': What Really Happens When Kashmiris Join The Civil Services

In the Kashmir Valley, a heated debate is on about Kashmiris joining the Indian administrative services. For a people who resist the Indian yoke, every time a Kashmiri qualifies for the Indian or even the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS), it becomes a point of acute reflection. So how does one comprehend Kashmiris entering the civil services, which in Kashmir has become tantamount to being hand in glove with the Indian state? Among my several professional avatars, I once also qualified for the KAS...