Earth(ing) Kashmir: Geo-Tropicality as a Means of Thinking beyond Stratified Geopolitics




Earth(ing), Ontic (Trans)historicality, Stratified Geopolitics, Kashmir, Rhizomatics, Geo-Tropicality


This article places the spotlight on remarkably differential nuances of Kashmir’s geo-tropicality only to subject them to a decolonial ethics. It seeks to disengage from colonial representational grammatology that approaches these nuances as alienatingly exotic and spectacular. It furthermore, argues that mutually disjunctive co-becomings of these nuances not only provide Kashmir’s geo-tropicality with a kind of a-humanist orientation, but also makes this tropicality an immanent zone of natural ethical violence. We go on to argue that it is only a kind of ‘smooth politics’ based on decolonial a-humanist ethics of earthing that can end the conflict arising out of governmental attempts at overcoding the chaosophical immanentism of Kashmir’s geo-tropicality.

Author Biographies

Saswat Samay Das, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Dr Saswat Samay Das is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has co-authored Taking place of Language (Peter-Lang Oxford, 2013), and jointly edited Technology, Urban Space and the Networked Community (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2022). Currently Dr Das is editing Deleuze Guattari and Terror (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2022) and Deleuze, Guattari and The Global Pandemic: Revolutionary Praxis and Neoliberal Crisis (Bloomsbury, Forthcoming, 2022). He has published in well-known international journals such as Philosophy in Review, Deleuze Studies, Cultural Politics, South Central Review, Contemporary South Asia and The Economic and the Political Weekly.

Abhisek Ghosal, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Abhisek Ghosal is a senior Institute Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. His areas of research interest include Deleuze and Guattari Studies, South Asian Literature, Critical Theory and Posthuman Studies, among others.  He has previously published in eTropic and written for the New Global Studies. He is currently working on Blue Humanities.

Ananya Roy Pratihar, Institute of Management and Information Science, Odisha, India

Dr Ananya Roy Pratihar is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the Institute of Management and Information Science, Odisha, India. Her research interests include Communication studies, Networking strategies, Deleuze studies, films, postcolonial studies, critical theory and literature. She has reviewed David Lapoujade’s Aberrant Movements for the Philosophy in Review (University of Victoria, Canada) and edited Technology, Urban Space and the Networked Urbanity (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2022). She is currently editing Deleuze, Guattari and The Global Pandemic: Revolutionary Praxis and Neoliberal Crisis (Bloomsbury, Forthcoming, 2022).


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How to Cite

Das, S. S. ., Ghosal, A., & Roy Pratihar, A. . (2022). Earth(ing) Kashmir: Geo-Tropicality as a Means of Thinking beyond Stratified Geopolitics. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 21(1), 28–50.