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He interviewed many people, who either had lost someone to the militant attacks or prer attacks, who survived those attacks and seen the militants and Indian army in action raining bullets, someone who lost their young son who crossed the LoC to join the militants, or those who surrendered to Indian Army after being with the militants for a short while.
This book is a must-read for all mainland Indians, particularly the majority community. And since this one-sided view showed a lot of hat I had a really tough time with this book. The only aspect missing is historical context and reasons behind the uprising.
May be those demonstrations and not the armed militancy would have become the dominant aspect of politics in Kashmir, maybe Indians and Kashmiris ,could have talked and thousand of deaths might have been avoided.
But, the author currfewed have talked about the brutalities inflicted on these people which made them refugees in their own state. All occupying military forces are cruel, insensitive and brutal by nature of its position as occupiers. A stunning book on the loss of peace.
I watched him join his friends, carrying wooden guns and broken plastic balls stuffed with cloth meant to be hand grenades. But he is not a writer who will fall back on the comfortable assertion that everyone wronged and everyone was wronged — the heart of this bssharat is a demand for justice for the Kashmiri people, whose vasharat at the hands of the Indian security forces has been beyond measure. And the author doesn’t try to hide his loyalties which is refreshing.
Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. If you notice, both the authors are Kashmiri, one is Kashmiri Pandit and the other a Muslim from Kashmir. Fighting curfrwed dying for freedom was as desired as the first kiss on adolescent lips. Both sides of the story, the innocent KPs, muslims, those who joined HM and those who left it, those whose lives were destroyed by indian military and the militants everything has been written about. Start reading Curfewed Night on your Kindle in under a minute.
But the prose is such that it will evoke a vehement response from all readers it touches. But the beginning of the conflict, the radicalization of kashmiri Islam, the loss of lives and dignity of the Hindus at the hands of the terrorists, their mass exodus under duress, and the religious nature of the ongoing protests are conveniently glossed over, whereas the terrorists are painted as heroes, their murders are justified like Yusuf who was killed for being opportunistic, his own parents were almost blasted because an ikhwani had misguided the terrorists etcarmy is demonized and there is no mention of the sexual humiliation of the locals by the terrorists.
Violence and vioation of human beings is never a solution.
I often think the conflict might not have turned so fatal if India had allowed those peaceful demonstrations. I get, sort of, what he’s trying to do here, to give us an image of Kashmiris as basically a nation without a state, stuck within the nation-state of India and to take the peer nature of the conflict between Pakistan and India OVER Kashmir off the table.
They did it with most boys. But in Delhi, as a student and then a reporter, Peer’s thoughts were never far from Kashmir. Although towards the end, the author does try to look at it from the other side but it is a mere trifle compared to the rest of the book.
I would recommend this book, but along with the other 2. In such a scenario, it is always the common man who ends up suffering the most. The author was sent off to study in Aligarh and eventually became a reporter in Delhi.
Overall, basbarat may want to pick up this book if you want to see things from the Kashmir point of view. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. But I strongly believe, it should no longer be just about being a hindu or a muslim.
When India was violently partitioned inKashmir stayed neutral to remain independent, neither joining Pakistan or India.
Curfewed Night: a Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir: review – Telegraph
Both authors have shared the stories as they saw it. It takes a lot of courage to do that. A must read for every Indian. The author unfolds the honest brutality inght the great Indian Army sniffing and raining down bullets if something is slightly amiss because of a possible militants’ attack but that is not the painful part, the real shocking revelation is that during those bullet raining, innocent lives including children, brother, sister, husband, felt prey to it.
Deeply moving and disturbing stories of all of them- Muslim youths who joined the militancy, dreamed of Azaadi but died young labelled as terrorists; Hindu Pandits who A must read for every Indian. For the full review, visit IndiaBookStore If you are looking for that then this is a great book, but if you a little want more then please read this along with Rahul Pandita’s ‘ Our moon has blood clots’ and Jagmohans ‘ my frozen turbulence in kashmir’ Having said that it is a page turner and the innocence of life prior to the radicalization is certainly moving.
Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Monday 31 December Once such poem by Agha Shahid Ali has been quoted which I would like to mention: He travels back to his home village, and encounters former friends and neighbors, Hindu and Muslim, there and in Niight and Jammu. The author has vividly portrayed the sufferings of the common Basharxt.
In Curfewed Night he draws a harrowing portrait of Kashmir and its people. They are never fully nkght and never really fought for. Sample this; “Spring was the season of green mountains and meadows, blushing snow and curfewes expanse of yellow mustard flowers in the fields around our village.
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The book is sensitively written and manag I’m frequently amazed at how little contemporary reporting there is on the Kashmir conflict, given the staggering militarization and basnarat suffering that it has engendered. To get the story of both sides, I picked this book by Basharat Peer.
For all the stories of suffering he seeks out, there is one he cannot bring himself to look at too closely.
Curfewed Night Penguin 30 ed.