This memoir of fifteen chaptered non-fictitious novel is a well-received account of what the author has witnessed personally. Starting with the innocent childhood memories of calmness and peace around him, he gradually pushes a reader towards some of the heart wrenching antecedents. The author then dissects how Kashmir has remained always a disputed and deadliest conflicts between the two nuclear powers of South Asia i. India and Pakistan. He writes that the conflict is as old as the independence of the two claimants. Thus has started the war of his adolescence and subsequently he witnessed the first mass bloodshed on 20th Jan when more than 50 people were killed by Indian security forces.
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This memoir of fifteen chaptered non-fictitious novel is a well-received account of what the author has witnessed personally. Starting with the innocent childhood memories of calmness and peace around him, he gradually pushes a reader towards some of the heart wrenching antecedents. The author then dissects how Kashmir has remained always a disputed and deadliest conflicts between the two nuclear powers of South Asia i. India and Pakistan. He writes that the conflict is as old as the independence of the two claimants.
Thus has started the war of his adolescence and subsequently he witnessed the first mass bloodshed on 20th Jan when more than 50 people were killed by Indian security forces.
It was the first mass massacre of valley historically known as Gawkadal Massacre. In the forthcoming chapters the author mentions how the rebels militants were considered as heroes for fighting against the foreign occupation. Most of the rebels crossed LOC and got training and subsequently a healthy section of youth got inspired by them and joined the rebellion organizations like JKLF and HM etc. The author himself admits that he was inspired by the rebels and even attempted a few times to join them but was not successful due to his family pressure.
He was advised to stay away from rebellious movement and instead ponder on reading and writing about the Kashmir issue. Thus, he preferred pen over gun. He mentions that he was humiliated several times by the unfriendly approach of security forces like frequent frisking, and I-card checking etc.
The author in the book has touched some of the gruesome incidents of innocent killings, mass rapes like Kunan-Poshpora, enforced disappearances, unknown mass graves, bloodshed, uncounted tortures and migration of Pandits. There are various other incidents covered which demonstrates that history of Kashmir according to the author has never been so peaceful.
Justice in Kashmir was never delivered to Kashmiris, the author argues. This sale was called as the treaty of Amritsar 16 March Now this time the sale was termed as the instrument of accession which concluded between the Dogras and Indian government on 26th October The author tries to dissect here that when the controversial instrument of accession was signed it became the turning point in sowing the seeds Kashmir dispute.
Subsequently, United Nations has promised a plebiscite to be conducted throughout the whole Kashmir, one third of which is under Pakistan. But the U. The injustice in Kashmir according to the author continues unprecedented. There is a complete travesty of justice in Kashmir, he suggests. The author argues that not only the Indian forces but all the foreigners have pinched the valley deeply, whether it be the Mughal rule, Afghan rule, Sikh rule or Dogra rule.
Basharat Peer describes the image of Kashmir in an agonizing way where protests followed killings and killings followed protests. Where mothers and half-widows are still waiting for their enforcedly disappeared sons and husbands. The author is not happy at all with the mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits who have not been able to return their homes since they left their homes in Unfortunately it remained always a debacle for every government to deliver justice to these Pandits the way the government could not deliver justice to the majority section of Kashmiris.
The author has technically also reprimanded the European and non-European countries for not showing any serious sympathy towards the people of Kashmir in resolving the long pending dispute.
Peer, in the concluding chapters foresees a hope of peace and applauds the process of starting the bus service from Indian side of Kashmir to Pakistani side of Kashmir so that people across the LOC line of control can meet their divided families. It makes the reader feel the atrocities committed against Kashmiris which have hitherto not being presented or shown by the mainstream media.
Limited File Size: 99 MB Read Count: War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, by C Dasgupta Book Resume: Based on declassified documents, the book throws new light on the roles played by Mountbatten and the British service chiefs in the Kashmir war of and explains why India took the Kashmir issue to the UN, why it did not carry the war into Pakistan and why it accepted a ceasefire. The book shows that he used -- and abused -- this authority to ensure that the conflict in Kashmir did not escalate into a full-scale inter-dominion war. A study of British policy in Kashmir must begin with an examination of the strategic interests of Britain in the subcontinent. The book explains the diplomatic background to the military developments of the time, tracing the evolution of British policy on Kashmir and its orchestration of the moves of western powers in the Security Council. The book provides details from the British archives about the secret understandings between Commanders-in-Chief of the rival armies to contain the conflict.
He was, according to rumour, betrayed by a jealous rival at work. After becoming a journalist for an Indian newspaper, Peer reports on other wars far away from home but is inevitably drawn back to Kashmir. The second half of his book records his interviews with the victims of the army occupation. Another sinister development is the increasing prominence in the conflict of Pakistani-funded militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed , which carry out suicide attacks in Kashmir, India and even in Pakistan itself against Sufi and Shia mosques. These groups also often have links with the Taliban.