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Kashmir: The Final Cost of Constant Conflict

If you lived in a country in constant conflict, how would that affect you?  The people who live in Kashmir have been shadowed by chaos and uncertainty since 1989.  Justine Hardy wrote about the region in her new book, In the Valley of the Mist. 


Hardy discussed the book, and the family she profiles, with the journalist Sadanand Dhume and documentary filmmaker John Halpern at The Asia Society on April 5th, 2010.  The talk was introduced by Rachel Cooper, the Asia Society’s Director of Cultural Programs.

Bon Mots

 On the toll of conflict: The greatest damage of any extended conflict is to the mind, the mind begins to fall apart—until even the most simple of daily tasks become impossible.

—Justine Hardy

On the Dar Family: We can use this family as a way of telling what’s happening in this place (Kashmir)…a family that were doing okay, but not without tragedy.

—Justine Hardy 

On being a journalist and an activist: I was described a “social activist,” is that a bad thing or a good thing here?

—Justine Hardy