The irony of the Government of India claiming Kashmir as part of its country, yet treating it in ways markedly different, is not lost on Kashmiris. “They want Kashmir, the land; not Kashmiris, the people”, was an observation we heard again and again.
Three nationalisms have walled Kashmir in: Kashmiri, Indian and Pakistani.
The PSA (Public Safety Act) accounts for a great number of painful stories of detentions in Indian-administered Kashmir. Though, theoretically, the act is a preventive detention law for maintaining law and order, it has, in many cases, appeared to be a means of suppressing the voices of people in Kashmir.