Entering Violence as a Product of a Relationship with the State: the Case of Kashmiri Militants

Monday, 3 December 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
Political violence is commonly labelled as “terrorism” by State actors and people who indulge to it as mere “chaos partisans”. Framing the public debate within this degrading category consequently marginalizes violent political militants and depoliticize their claims. From a scientific perspective, this State-centered dichotomy reflects a security approach, but it lacks nuances and thus misses the real complexity of political violence used by State actors as well as non-State actors.
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.

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