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Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir Broché – 15 octobre 2017
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Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family. They were Kashmiri Pandits-the Hindu minority within a Muslim-majority Kashmir that was by 1990 becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of 'Azaadi' from India.
Our Moon Has Blood Clots is the story of Kashmir, in which hundreds of thousands of Pandits were tortured, killed and forced to leave their homes by Islamist militants, and forced to spend the rest of their lives in exile in their own country. Pandita has written a deeply personal, powerful and unforgettable story of history, home and loss.
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Rahul Pandita is a journalist and an author based in Delhi. He is a 2015 Yale World Fellow. He has also authored the bestselling Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement, and co-authored the critically-acclaimed The Absent State. He has extensively reported from war zones that include Iraq and Sri Lanka. In 2010, he received the International Red Cross award for conflict reporting.
He has been a speaker at international forums like the Carnegie Endowment Center, Stanford University, Brown University, State University of New York, Michigan University and the World Affairs Council. In 2014, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Advanced Study of India.
Pandita's last job was as editor (opinion and special stories) of the national English daily The Hindu.
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- ASIN : 818400513X
- Éditeur : Random House, India (15 octobre 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9788184005134
- ISBN-13 : 978-8184005134
- Poids de l'article : 154 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.78 x 19.79 cm
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Words have just come from heart and carry all the pain, sufferings and longing. Mr. Rahul has put his heart on paper. A book which opened new horizon for me and gave a perspective to look. A book which you won't read in breaks but would read at a stretch till "_The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it
I wish we could change the past but I know we can't. However we can take lessons from our past and work presently for better future.
Our Moon Has Blood Clots is very insightful and gives a firsthand account of experience of the author himself, who was among the exodus of Kashmir during 1990, at an age of 14. During 1990, there was mass movement of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir to Delhi, Lucknow, Lahore and Allahabad, living their ancestral home, their history and culture behind. The plight of Kashmiri Pandits is now an forgotten story. Our generation will never understand or will try to find out, what made approx. 3.5 lacs Kashmiri Pandits to pack their bags and leave the valley, never to return back and stay in their own country as refugees.
After reading this book, I read Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. Both these books are set during the same period and tells the story of Kashmir with different approach. Both this book help us to understand that not only Kashmiri Pandits had a tragic life, but also the Muslims had to suffer the brutality of both the militants and Indian Army. The brutal killings, fleeing away from home, setting up a home in a place much different in culture, language in refugee camps in Jammu, these realities are narrated with much pain.
"Our home in Kashmir had twenty-two rooms", my mother used to say this thing to every person she met.
This narrates the experience of a mother, who was in exile, who lost her home and her pride, staying in refugee camps, in tents, sharing the tent with one other family.
The memories through a 14 year old teenager paints a vivid images. Women cramped in lorries travelling towards Jammu, a man raising his fist and telling them that, "you will die", overhearing a conversation of a group of boys, discussing distribution of Pandit's houses which will be empty soon.
"At least go inside and piss; like a dog, you need to mark your territory," one of the boys tells his mate. "It's over," Pandit's father, a government worker, says, "we cannot live here anymore."
Rahul Pandita mentions in the book that he kept a record of each and every Pandit killed in the Valley during the exodus, because he wanted people to know the story of each and every Pandit killed. The government and the media completely neglected the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. In 2008, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a Rs. 1,618 crore package to facilitate the return of the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. Six thousand jobs were also announced for the Pandit youth in the Valley. Most of the jobs were never filled, due to the fear of being targeted by militants. The settlements provided to Kashmiri Pandits are cheap single-bedroom structures, with no drinking water facility. The real problem is harassment at work from their Muslim colleagues. Many Pandit employees don't receive their salaries on time.
This is an excellent book, full of true tragic stories, acquainting with Hindu-Muslim brotherhood, struggles of Kashmiri Pandits that forced them to flee to Jammu.
For those, who wants to know what happened in Kashmir during 1990s, and not just Kashmiri Pandits, I will suggest to read Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. It gives an insight on the suffering of the Kashmiri Muslims during this period, how the Indian Army as well as the militants created problems for innocent Muslims. Kashmiri Muslims lives a threatened life in Kashmir because of both the Militants and the Indian Army and are tagged as militant where ever they go for being Kashmiri Muslim. It also gives an insight about how the Kashmiri youth are misguided by the Militants to cross the border and to go to Pakistan to get trained as an militant.
This book presents a balanced and fairly accurate historical and cultural view of the happenings in the Valley most of which get obscured away from the general public by the Indian and foreign media and the Indian Government. I would recommend this to every person trying to understand the Kashmir issue!