Zuluzil If I remember correctly, it was commented by the former US president Bill Clinton as the most beautiful, also the most dangerous place in the entire world. The kashmir that was, no longer is. This line says it all: Towarsds the end, he writes about the Indian military personnel as follows: But five years on, despite occasional gestures from both governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir. Fighting and dying for freedom was as desired as the first kiss on adolescent lips. To the civilians, the security forces are the oppressors but to the soldiers, even the innocent Kashmiris are potential terrorist-sympathizers and anti-nationals. Over the following years countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the Line of Control to train in Pakistani army camps.
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Zuluzil If I remember correctly, it was commented by the former US president Bill Clinton as the most beautiful, also the most dangerous place in the entire world. The kashmir that was, no longer is. This line says it all: Towarsds the end, he writes about the Indian military personnel as follows: But five years on, despite occasional gestures from both governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir.
Fighting and dying for freedom was as desired as the first kiss on adolescent lips. To the civilians, the security forces are the oppressors but to the soldiers, even the innocent Kashmiris are potential terrorist-sympathizers and anti-nationals.
Over the following years countless young men, seduced by the romance of the militant, fuelled by feelings of injustice, crossed over the Line of Control to train in Pakistani army camps.
Those tales shadowed by death and loss, there are also feats of resilience and fortitude. And after finishing this book I feel that the rest of India actually have no right to feel any umbrage for a few missing lines on a map. In such a scenario, it is always the common man who ends up suffering the most. This left me aghast: Quotes from Curfewed Night.
It is the culture, tradition, the people who made kashmir, t If Injustice was done with kashmiri hindus so was with the innocent muslims.
Edited in a couple of yrs later: They tied you to along wooden ladder and placed it near a ditch filled with kerosene oil and red chilli powder. Any political commentator who claims that India is a soft state just needs to look at the excesses of the military in the Valley. Also, because the Author is known for voicing his support for Pakistan openly.
Many teenagers cross the Line of Control, basarat train in Pakistani army camps. Story of Shameema and her son Shafi who was killed by handing a mine and forced to walk in militants house? Suddenly, he found his Hindu friends stopped coming to school.
The sufficed pain of the common Kashmiri folks is very well arrested by the author with his journey to absolution in the picturesque valley nighht snow-capped mountains and clear blue streams and the vast green flora.
However, a more detailed history of the region and the origins of the recent crisis would have made this a much better book, in my opinion, although I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who is unfamiliar with Kashmir or its people. It is a sad tale which grips you and emotionally moves you. The book by Basharat Peer is blunt about the turmoil of Kashmiri people and its anti Indian stand. It thus, reads like an overlong blog post. When India was violently partitioned in bashaat, Kashmir stayed neutral to remain independent, neither joining Pakistan or India.
I would have reacted in the same way the Basharqt are. The common thread in the book is the plight of the middle class caught in the crossfire of the Indian Army and the Pakistani sponsored militants.
Thanks Ppeer for the recommendation and Swayam for the gift. When he was 14, Peer and his friends approached the commander of the separatist group JKLF and asked to be signed up. Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. I can well understand the humiliation because I once had the experience of being stripped naked and searched by the Chilean Immigration as I crossed from the Peruvian border, on suspicion of trafficking in drugs, even though there was no basis at all for it, except for my skin color.
Jun 15, Maha rated it it was ok. Ultimately, Journalist prevails to a writer, i would say. But five years on, despite occasional gestures from both the governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir.
Injustice was done not only to the Pandits but also to the Muslims in Kashmir. But what is worse is living forever under the threat of death, of living in chains. My understanding of Kashmir issues was little,so I lined up next few reads cuurfewed Kashmir. Because there has always been a constant war, a constant battle, a constant conflict mainly between Kashmir people and the Indian government over the right to official rule this region, happening inside Kashmir that have been taking thousands and millions of innocent lives, which the world has chose to ignore.
Basharat gives a clear account of the brutality by the Indian army raining bullets finding something amiss by the militants, killing many innocent lives including children.
From blood boiling rage to moistened eyes, from recalling Manto to unearthing some precious childhood memories, this fast and focussed narrative by Bwsharat Peer made me see it all.
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There were books written by people from almost every conflict zone of the age, but where were the stories of his own homeland of Kashmir? Some could be found in the work of the great poet Agha Shahid Ali, but in terms of prose narrative there was nothing in English but "the unwritten books of the Kashmir experience". Peer was only 13 in when Indian troops fired on pro-independence Kashmiris and, as he puts it, "the war of my adolescence started". One of the strongest sections describes how it felt to be a young teenager swept up by a movement with "Freedom" as its cry. Peer writes of how all the embarrassments and failures of adolescence fall away when you join in a procession and feel yourself part of something larger; how the militants who crossed into the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir for guerrilla training would return as heroes; how "like almost every boy, I wanted to join them. Fighting and dying for freedom was as desired as the first kiss on adolescent lips. The young Basharat came to an agreement with his father that he would wait a few years before deciding whether or not to sign up, and in the meantime he would study.
Start your review of Curfewed Night Write a review Shelves: non-fiction , india This book tells the story of Kashmir as seen through the eyes of the author, Basharat Peer. It is a wonderfully written and candid, if a bit biased, account of the beautiful state which is also called Bhuswarga paradise on earth. Some people also call it the Switzerland of India. But the militancy, which started in s, has made it one of the most dangerous and militarized places in the world. The author was a teenager when the militancy started in his home state of Kashmir.
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