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.
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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. Many young boys 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. Many young boys crossed the Line of Control that divides Indian Kashmir and the Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and received training and arms from Pakistani terrorist groups.
The Government of India responded by deploying the army and the paramilitary forces to deal with the militants. In such a scenario, it is always the common man who ends up suffering the most.
They are caught between the militants on one hand and the security forces on the other. Willingly or unwillingly the common man has to help the militants. Even a mere suspicion of being pro-Indian would bring retribution from the militants. The security forces are also on the lookout for pro-militant people. The author admits that he was fascinated by the militants and would have joined but for his father and maternal grandfather. Ghulam Ahmad Peer had great respect for knowledge, loved books and inculcated the habit of reading in the author.
Men liken him help maintain sanity in a world full of hatred and violence. The author was sent off to study in Aligarh and eventually became a reporter in Delhi.
But he would go back to Kashmir, write this book and then leave again. The author has vividly portrayed the sufferings of the common Kashmiris. They have to undergo humiliating military checks every now and then. Some members of the security forces overstep their limits and indulge in torturing innocent people.
Some of the victims die while others are left scarred for life. They live in fear of the security forces as well as the militants. There are some opportunists who send others to death but keep their own children safe.
Some individuals keep changing sides when it suits them. One cannot help but sympathize with the innocent Kashmiris. How terrible it is to live in fear! I have one criticism for the lack of a better word of the book. Since the book is about Kashmir, the author should have also elaborated more on the massacre of the Kashmiri Pandits and the violence meted out to pro-Indian Muslims.
But, the author should have talked about the brutalities inflicted on these people which made them refugees in their own state. They ended up in slum-like places in Jammu or some moved to other places in India. The book is good, but it would have been great if talked about the perspective of the security forces also. State police, paramilitary or the army — all these people live under constant threat to their lives well.
They can face bullets, bombs, or lynch mob anytime. Some of the victims of torture by the security forces also admitted that all soldiers were not bad — there were decent men too. Many of these men would have preferred to be anywhere else but in Kashmir. But, they have mouths to feed at home. Militancy inevitably leads to such a vicious environment where compatriots have nothing but suspicion, fear and hatred for each other.
To the civilians, the security forces are the oppressors but to the soldiers, even the innocent Kashmiris are potential terrorist-sympathizers and anti-nationals. The author has shared an anecdote about his interactions with a young paramilitary officer. Initially the man was arrogant and hostile.
He showed signs of relaxation and turned towards me. I talked about my friends form my Delhi University days. He was from Delhi University too. He had been in a college next to mine. He seemed to have transformed into a Delhi University alumnus and forgotten he was an Indian paramilitary officer posted in Kashmir. We had tea and smoked. He apologized; the room full of journalists apologized back.
Peace was made. Those who survived became a very different individual. I hoped that some day they could return to their homes.. But who knows? One day the state would return to normalcy. Brainwashed youths would realize that the way of the militant is only ruining their beautiful state.
The mindless violence would stop, and the money spent on deploying and maintaining the security forces could be spent on social welfare such as healthcare, infrastructure and education. This book reminded me of a letter a retired military officer had posted on social media. It was addressed to a young militant leader who had been killed by the security forces, and meant for people glorifying the late militant.
I am not saying that India is perfect, but most people can sleep peacefully at night. Our country has been growing steadily. Many people have lifted themselves out of poverty, people from very humble backgrounds are making it to colleges and getting decent jobs, more youngsters are opening their own business and so on. While Indian scientists have been sending missions to the space, there are still people who are killing each other in the name of religion, ethnicity, ideology and what not.
The question is - why not take part in the Indian growth story, and much better why not contribute to it. That way you can have a significant positive impact on the lives of the people who care about or claim to care about.
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.
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.
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.