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By Ravina Aggarwal

The Kashmir clash, the continued border dispute among India and Pakistan, has sparked 4 wars and price millions of lives. during this cutting edge ethnography, Ravina Aggarwal strikes past traditional understandings of the conflict—which are inclined to emphasize geopolitical defense matters and non secular essentialisms—to think of the way it is skilled through these dwelling within the border zones alongside the road of keep an eye on, the 435-mile boundary isolating India from Pakistan. She specializes in Ladakh, the biggest sector in northern India’s country of Jammu and Kashmir. positioned excessive within the Himalayan and Korakoram levels, Ladakh borders Pakistan to the west and Tibet to the east. Revealing how the shadow of battle impacts the lives of Buddhist and Muslim groups in Ladakh, Beyond traces of Control is an impassioned demand the inclusion of the region’s cultural historical past and politics in discussions in regards to the prestige of Kashmir.

Aggarwal brings the insights of functionality stories and the transforming into box of the anthropology of overseas borders to endure on her large fieldwork in Ladakh. She examines how social and spiritual barriers are created at the Ladakhi frontier, how they're stimulated by way of directives of the geographical region, and the way they're formed into political struggles for neighborhood regulate which are legitimized via discourses of non secular purity, patriotism, and improvement. She demonstrates in vigorous element the ways in which those struggles are enacted particularly cultural performances equivalent to nationwide vacations, fairs, rites of passage ceremonies, movies, and archery video games. through putting cultural performances and political hobbies in Ladakh middle level, Aggarwal rewrites the normal plot of state and border alongside the road of Control.

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