Mohd. Tahir Ganie

Mohd. Tahir Ganie

Dr. Mohd. Tahir Ganie is a writer and academic affiliated with the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. His research interests include youth politics, political communication, and social movements. He wrote his PhD dissertation on the post-2008 narratives of the Kashmiri youth, exploring the discursive strategies employed by young Kashmiri authors to frame the Kashmir conflict, articulate their political grievances, affirm their distinct political identity, and counter the assimilationist discourses of the state. Before joining DCU in 2014 and completing his MA in International Peace Studies from the International University of Japan (Niigata), he also worked as a correspondent and feature writer for Kashmir’s largest English daily Greater Kashmir. Tahir has written on Kashmir for different international publications, including Armed Conflict Survey, RTE, LSE Blogs, Asia Dialogue, and Café Dissensus. His piece "Kashmir: State, Youth, and The Clash of Narratives" was among the top 10 most read articles of 2019 on LSE Blogs. His articles, essays, columns and poems have also appeared in The Japan Times, Kindle Magazine, The Wire, Caravan Magazine, Express Tribune, Reading Hour, Kashmir Lit, and in different newspapers and magazines in Indian-administered Kashmir.
January 19, 1990: An Empty Signifier — by Mohd. Tahir Ganie

January 19, 1990: An Empty Signifier — by Mohd. Tahir Ganie

In this essay, Kashmiri research scholar Mohd. Tahir Ganie approaches the symbolic date of January 19, 1990 from a broader view of recent Kashmiri history. In doing so, Ganie problematizes the manner in which a narrow and oversimplified narrative has been developed around a date that has become “an empty signifier.”

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Knowledge is like Teher.
A handful of cooked rice
a humble offering
to ward off the grief
from an entire century.
Whosoever receives Teher
does so with blessings
and well wishes.
Today the T in Teher
is the T in Taaleem
just as the K in Kashmir
is the K in your name.
From Teōtīhuacān to Tral
we make a humble offering.

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