More than two decades of violent conflict has earned Kashmir international fame as the most militarized place on earth and a nuclear flashpoint. Within India, the discourse on Kashmir is a polarizing force, with contesting meaning systems co-existing in parallel. Each of these meaning systems is cultivated through a complex of vested inter-textual narratives, including literature and film, and marketed as “authentic” interpretations of Kashmir via incestuous cross-referencing. In the absence of access to the “real” Kashmir in any direct way, these narratives serve as the only sources for Indians to construct their imagination of this troubled land. This paper uses the example of Kashmiriyat - a differently interpreted ethno-social construct - to illustrate the structural divisions in the narrativization of Kashmir. This is done via a Peircean reading of specimen texts that conform to three general categories - Hindu Indian nationalist, Muslim Indian nationalist of Kashmiri origin, and resident Kashmiri Muslim - and mapping their meaning using the trichotomy of Interpretants. In conclusion, it is proposed that any hope of a resolution of the Kashmir conflict needs to locate the discrete meaning systems illustrated by the paper in a “philosophical space” (Poole, 1972) - a space that allows a more inclusive and meaningful imagination, a different imagination of Kashmir.