Project Kashmir

It’s difficult to describe in words, the struggle for Kashmir. In my life I have never been to a conflict zone. I have read reports, watched news and documentary footage, and tried to understand the motives for global conflicts, but it’s simply not possible to understand them, unless you have been to the region and tried to live there. This same realisation was made by two American Film makers; Senain Kheshgi, a Muslim from a Pakistani family and Geeta Patel a Hindu from an Indian family. I watched their completed documentary Project Kashmir yesterday.

There was so much bickering in this film, about religious differences and about accusations of generalisation. There was so much suspicion about agenda, suspicion of origin and suspicion of representation. There was a lot of double-speak, secrecy and mistrust.

The struggle for the lands of Kashmir will not end soon. I doubt even that there will be an end to them in my lifetime. That’s the most disappointing thing about this documentary. You begin to realise after a while, that there is no way to resolve this conflict using violence, but there is also slim chance of resolving it using diplomacy; especially when the Kashmiri people themselves are excluded from the peace talks between India and Pakistan.

I can’t help but feel sympathy for those caught up in this situation. Neither government, nor the armies, nor the peoples of this area have asked for this.

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