Too close to reading the Amnesty report on Assad’s gulag, I spent some days researching sexual violence as military policy in Kashmir & then several hours on the hanging of Afzal Guru. I’m not made of steely stuff when it comes to torture & was overwhelmed, as though lost in an underworld of utter depravity.

It seems presumptuous to write about what is unutterable & what can only be approximated by those who have not lived such a brutal occupation. I can only do my awkward best to educate & gather the forces of solidarity.

It makes one respect with awe the work of Khurram Parvez & all the human rights investigators at the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society whose commitment is the forensics of these crimes. They’re made of very special stuff.