Mapping Kashmir Territories

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MAPS BY YEMBERZAL

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Kashmir. Map by Yemberzal (2022).

KASHMIR

Through these political mappings of the Territories of Kashmir, I aim to present a narrative that visualizes the density of the occupation. I use the word “Territories” (distinct from the statist reduction of a nation into a territory), because the successive violent fragmentations of Kashmir over the past seven decades have created multiple political enclaves. These enclaves vary in sovereignty and are plurally claimed by the three surrounding nuclear powers, namely India, Pakistan, and China. Since it has never been the people of Kashmir who got to draw the lines defining their homeland, I choose to keep them dashed—hence, questionable. Deterritorialization through occupation has been an ongoing process since 1949, involving making and unmaking of space to re-engineer and be more suited to the seamless movement across occupation’s infrastructures coded into “defense” or “security.”