Rekha Chowdhary

Phone Number : 0191-2484870

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Location :

House no. 124, Lane 5 (Downside), Greater Kailash, Jammu, 180010

Selected Publications


  • 2019, Jammu and Kashmi, 1990 and Beyond: Competitive Politics under the Shadow of Separatism, Sage
  • 2016, Jammu and Kashmir: Politics of Identity and Separatism, New York, Routledge
  • 2010, Identity Politics in Jammu and Kashmir, Vitasta: Delhi. (Edited)
  • 2007, Elections in Jammu and Kashmir: A Commentary, Kashmir Times Publication, Jammu
  • 1999, Burning Issues in Jammu and Kashmir, (Co-edited), Jay and Kay Publishers, Jammu.
  • 1999, Politics of Autonomy In Jammu and Kashmir, (Co-edited), Vinod Publishers, Jammu.
  • 1991 Ideology and Politics of Ruling Parties in India, Delhi, Deep and Deep 

Articles in Journals and Chapters in Edited Books

  • 2019. ‘The Man and his Logic’ Review of Nyla Ali Khan’s Book Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Reflections on Kashmir, The Book Review, Vol XLIII, Number 3, March
  • 2018, ‘Conflict Situation and Multiple Identity Politics in Jammu and Kashmir’, in Gul Wani (ed), South Asia: State, Society and Development, Gyan Publication
  • 2017, ‘Shifting Nature of Identity Politics and the need to reinvent the Past’, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Spring, 2017 (17)
  • 2017, ‘State Politics in Jammu and Kashmir: An exercise in Asymmetrical Federalism’,  in Himanshu Roy et al (ed), State Politics in India, Primus Books
  • 2016, ‘Conflict and the Peace Process in Jammu and Kashmir: Locating the Agency of Women’ (co-authored),  in Asha Hans and Swarna Rajagopalan (eds), Openings for Peace: UNSCR 1325, Women and Security in India, New Delhi, Sage.
  • 2015, ‘Democratic Processes in the Context of Separatism and Political Divergence: An Analysis of 2014 Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir’, Studies in Indian Politics (Sage), 3 (2) 1-15
  • 2015, ‘BJP’s Unprecedented Victory in Jammu, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, Issue 19, May 9
  • 2015,  ‘Diversity and Conflict: Lessons drawn from Jammu and Kashmir and North East India’ (Co-authored), in Sandhya Goswami (ed) Troubled Diversity, Delhi: OUP
  • 2015, ‘A Woman’s Journey in Kashmir’s Politics’, Oxford University Press Blog, April 19, 2015,
  • 2015, ‘Kashmiri Nationalism’ in Oxford Islamic Studies Online,
  • 2014, ‘India’s Response to the Kashmir Insurgency: A holistic Perspective’ , Moeed Yusuf, Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in South Asia, Washington DC, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • 2014, ‘2009 Parliamentary Elections in Jammu and Kashmir’ in Suhas Palshiker, K C Duri and Yogender Yadav (eds), Party Competition in Indian States: Electoral Palitics in Post Congress Polity, Delhi, OUP
  • 2012, ‘Kashmir in the Indian Project of Nationalism’ in Nyla Ali Khan, The Parchment of Kashmir : History, Society and Polity, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2011, ‘Jammu’s Relationship with Kashmir’, in Ira Pande, A Tangled Web: Jammu and Kashmir, Harper Collins
  • 2011, ‘Kashmir: The Summer of Unrest’, Seminar, 620, April
  • 2011, ‘Terrorism and Political Mobilisation in Kashmir’, in Jeorge Heine and Ramesh Thakur, The Dark Side of Globalization, UNU Press: Tokyo.
  • 2010, ‘Political Economy of Cross Line of Control Trade and Peace Process’, Discussion Papers, London, Conciliation Resources, Jammu and Kashmir: Trade Across the Line of Control, December,
  • 2010, ‘The Second Uprising’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLV No. 39, September 25
  • 2010, ‘Identity Politics and Regional Polarisation in J&K’, Economic and Political Weekly, May 8.
  • 2010, ‘Electoral Politics in the Context of Separatism and Political Divergence: An Analysis of 2009 Parliamentary Elections in Jammu & Kashmir’, South Asia multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 3, 2009.
  • 2009, ‘Federal Power Sharing: Study of Asymmetrical Federalism in Jammu and Kashmir’, in Akhtar Majeed (Ed), Federal Power Sharing : Accomodating Indian Diversity, Manak Publications, Delhi.
  • 2009, ‘Electoral Politics in Separatist Context’ , in Sandeep Shastri, K.C. Suri and Yogendra Yadav (Eds) , Electoral Politics in India: Lok Sabha Elections in 2004 and Beyond, Oxford University Press, Delhi. (Co-Authored)
  • 2009, ‘Separatist Sentiments and Deepening of Democracy’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 44, No. 03, January 17-23, 2009.
  • 2008, ‘J&K: Once Again on the Brink’, (Battle For the States), Seminar, No. 591, November 2008
  • 2008, ‘Electioneering in Kashmir: Overlap between Separatist and Mainstream Political Space’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 43, No. 28, July 12-28, 2008.
  • 2008, ‘The Role of Civil Society in Jammu and Kashmir’, in V.R.Raghvan (Ed.) Civil Society in Conflict Situations, Centre for Security Analysis, Chennai.
  • 2008, ‘Autonomy and Dignity of Teachers’, Seminar, No. 587, July.
  • 2007, ‘The Peace Process: A View from Jammu’ in Amitabh Mattoo, Kapil Kak and Happymohan Jacob,  India and Pakistan: Pathways Ahead, Knowledge World, Delhi.
  • 2007, ‘Religion and the Political discourse of Identity in Kashmir’ in Bhupinder Brar and Ashutosh Kumar and Rounki Ram (eds), Globalisation and the Politics of Identity in India, Pearson Longman, Delhi.
  • 2007, “Peace Process in Jammu and Kashmir: Changing Discourse”, Mainstream, Vol. XLV No 15, March 31, 2007.
  • 2006, “Jammu and Kashmir: Changed Political Scenario”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 41, No.20, May 20-26,  (Co-authored).
  • 2006, “The Evolution of Political Islam in Jammu and Kashmir”, in Satish Sabarwal and Mushirul Hasan (eds), Assertive Religious Identities: India and Europe (New Delhi: Manohar,
  • 2004, ‘Jammu and Kashmir: Electoral Politics in a Separatist Context’’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, No. 51, December 18-24, 2004. (Co-authored)
  • 2004, ‘National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir: from Hegemonic to Competitive Politics’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, No. 14& 15, April 3-16, 2004. (Co-authored)
  • 2003, ‘Doda Clashes: Selective Politics of the BJP’, Mainstream, October 18, Vol. XLI no 44. (Co-authored)
  • 2003, ‘Jammu and Kashmir: Political Alienation, Regional Divergence and Communal Polarisation’, Journal of Indian School of Political Economy, January-June, Vol. XV, Nos.1&2 (Co-authored)
  • 2003, ‘Elections 2002: Implications for Politics of Separatism’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 38, No.1,  January 4-10, 2003. (Co-authored)
  • 2002, ‘Alienation in Kashmir and the Implications of the Assembly Elections 2002’, World Focus, October-December 2002. (Co-authored)
  • 2002, ‘Kashmir: Lone’s Liberal Legacy’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 37, No. 25, June 22- 28, 2002.
  • 2002, ‘Ideology and Politics of National Conference’, in Arun K. Jana and Bhupen Sarmah, Class, Ideology & Political Parties in India, South Asian Publishers, Delhi.
  • 2001, ‘Understanding Political Alienation in Kashmir’, Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 62, No. 2, June 2001.
  • 2001, ‘Panchayat Elections in Kashmir: A Paper Exercise’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 36, No. 20, May 19-25, 2001.
  • 2001, ‘Pluralities and Politics of Jammu and Kashmir’, Mainstream, April, 14.
  • 2000, ‘Debating Autonomy’, Seminar, December.
  • 2000, ‘J&K Regional Autonomy Committee Report: A Critique’, Mainstream, August, 12.
  • 2000, ‘Kashmir At Crossroads: Political Autonomy Debate’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 35, No. 30, July, 22-28, 2000.
  • 1999, ‘Jammu and Kashmir: BJP’s Alliance with National Conference: Predicament at the National Level’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 34, No. 48, November 27- December 03, 1999.
  • 1999, ‘Travesty of Elections in Jammu and Kashmir’, Mainstream, November 20.
  • 1999, ‘Kashmir: Changing Dimensions of Electoral Politics’, Economic and Political Weekly, August 21-28.
  • 1999, ‘Impact of Mufti-led regional Party in J&K’, Mainstream, Vol XXXVII No. 41, October, 2, 1999.
  • 1999, ‘Ethno-religious Identity and Political responses in Kashmir’, Punjab Journal of Politics, Vol. XXIII, No. 1
  • 1998, ‘Question of Regional Autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir’, in Gopal Singh (ed.), South Asia: Democracy, Discontent and Societal Conflict, Anamika Publication, Delhi.
  • 1998, ‘The Concept of Development, Grass-roots Politics and Women’s Movements’, in Usha Thakkar and Pam Rajput (ed.), Pushpanjali : Essays on Gandhian Theory in Honour of Dr. Usha Mehta, Devika Publications, Delhi.
  • 1997, ‘Nationalism, Ideology and the Nation-State: Thinking about Kashmiri Nationalism’, (Co-authored), Punjab Journal of Politics, Vol. XXI, 1&2.
  • 1997, ‘Thinking about Development and Gender Justice in South Asia’, (Co-authored), Journal of Social Sciences, University of Jammu, Vol.XIV, No.3.
  • 1997, ‘Gandhian Critique and Contemporary Political Discourse’, in Ramjee Singh et. al., (ed.), Gandhi, Kasturba and Vinoba – A Continuum, Asia, Delhi.
  • 1996, ‘State, New Social Movements and Democracy in India’, South Asian Studies, Vol. 31, Nos. 1 &2, Jan- Dec.
  • 1995, ‘Political Movement in Kashmir: Then and Now’, Economic and Political Weekly, Sept. 30, 1995.
  • 1994, ‘Gender Issues in India’, Contemporary South Asia, (Oxford), Vol.3, no. 3.

Teaching and Research Positions 

  • Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) Shimla, December 2017 till date
  • ICSSR National Fellow: September 2013-August 2015
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Jammu: January 1999 to July 2013
  • Reader, Department of Political Science, University of Jammu: February 1988 to December 1998
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Jammu: July 1977 to January 1988

Administrative Experience

  • Dean Research Studies : 2011-2013
  • Head, Department of Political Science, University of Jammu:  1999- 2001 and 2005-2007 

Post-Doctoral Awards for Research

  • Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) 2017- till Date 
  • ICSSR National Fellow 2013-2015
  • Fulbright Fellowship, January to April 2005, availed at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
  • Commonwealth Fellowship. October 1997 to September 1998, awarded by the Association of the Commonwealth Universities. Availed at Queen Elizabeth House, University Of Oxford.
  • The Ford Foundation ‘South Asian Visiting Scholars Programme’, Oxford. October 1992 to March 1993


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