'Domicile' Illustration: Mir Suhail
'Domicile' Illustration: Mir Suhail

Kashmir and the rise of settler colonialism

The political and economic exploitation of militarily occupied J & K.

Every year on 15 May, Palestinians remember 750,000 of their people who were thrown out of their homeland within two years (1947 – 49). The day is remembered as Nakba or 'catastrophe' by millions of stateless Palestinians living across the world.

When the administration in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) issued new rules regarding domicile certificates on 18 May 2020, Kashmiri residents fearing demographic change began to draw comparisons with Palestine. The new domicile rule provides that any tehsildar (revenue official) who fails to issue a domicile certificate within the stipulated time of 15 days can have INR 50,000 deducted from their salary. Coercive dictates – wherein a government official is threatened with a fine for non-issuance of a document – are unheard of in India.

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