Departing from this binary understanding, the presentation refers to the case of the Kashmiri stone-pelters to shed a light on the complex relationship that links State and private actors when the latter makes use of violence. Violence is not conceived as a raw emotion but rather as a political way of expression in a specific context. Meanwhile, entering political violence and “radicalization” are conceived as the result of a relational and multi-scale process wherein both State and State-actors take part.
Charlotte Thomas holds a PhD in political science. She is a post-doc fellow at the Ceri Sciences Po in Paris and Director of the South Asia Program (SAProg) at Noria. Currently she is a Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.