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D not on independent terms The liberals use it as a point to argue upon but no one has done anything for the community 27 years on they are still waiting for justice The book gives a closer look and a first person perspective of what happens when a particular community gets outnumbered when the demographic upperhand is with the Abrahamics It also puts forward the aftermath of the Kashmiri exodus and gives a closer look of the life and conditions through which the pandits have lived and survived through The details of the illings are a bit disturbing but it does give a clearer understanding of what the way they were driven out of their homes which no choice other than fleeing Not only did they loose their homes their work and occupation but a part of themselvesNone of the pseudo secular raised their cries for their human rights violation The religious bigotry which compelled Kashmiri Pandits to flee from their homes makes it evident that the political leadership use the terms of secularism and religious tolerance only to satiate their verbal orgasmNo one will ever now what happened actually in Kashmir with Kashmiri Pandits until they themselves read this book and live the hard truth of our fellow citizens lives It will dissolve all your prejudice Their grievances hardly used to make it to the mainstream It only recently that their suffering has been started to be documented with a much serious levelI have some Kashmiri pandit friends and I salute their resilience Even after being brutalized by the militants tyrannized by their neighbors of centuries and let down by the apathy of the government they are successful in different fields Hats off to their resilienceIt is dark powerful and an eye opener for every Indian irrespective of his native identitiesMust read It was a venom spouting Twitter s Kashmiri Sunni community that first piued my interest in this book I was curious who and what had evoked thier hatred and ire They were maligning Pandita and then a careful following of the conversation guided me to the book I found various Kashmiri underground sites reviewing the book to discredit it Like a true liberal majority I felt Rahul Pandita may have written a provoking bookAnother reason to read this book was when I read Basharat Peer s Curfewed Night which I loved he conveniently overlooked the exoduspain of Kashmiri Pandits The only sentence in the book he devoted to Pandits was something like in my class all pandit students started disappearing one by one Did they disappear on their own No mentionRahul Pandita s book is a personal memoir history of his family having to leave their homeland It covers both 1947 attacks of tribalsPathans on Kashmiri Pandits in Pak occupied Kashmir and 1989 90 attacks on Pandits leading to mass exodusPandita mostly writes in factual manner without any mud slinging THe pain of leaving home losing a cousin who believed in his friends enough to stay in Kashmir school friends who become militants and die young seeing mother s mental trauma to be in exile couldn t have been easy This is one story but it happened to millions of Pandits Several of the accounts matched what I had heard from my other Kashmiri Pandit friends in DelhiIn fact he recounts an incident where on TV he supports the human rights violation claims of Kashmiris against Army He says i may have lost my home not my humanityPandita does mention few secular brave muslims who tried to stop the carnage of 1989 90 and ended up having brutal deaths at the hands of fudamentalist forces who called them traiterThis book is not uite a history of exodus of a community it is a personal story It explains the environment of fear and persecution very well So much that he euates it to Holocaust referring to even Maus once Most objections to this book are that this may not happened this is not true this is like projecting one whole community in same light etc etc However elsewhere I saw a comment from Rahul Pandita he said we don t deny that Kunnan Phosphora did not happen why do you deny forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and an earlier time when the flowers were not stained with blood the moon with blood clots Pablo Neruda Oh My Lost City The story of Kashmiri Pandits is a sordid chapter in the ongoing tragic epic of Kashmir Persecuted by Islamic fundamentalists disowned by their own state and largely ignored by the union government they subsist on the fringes of India this even after two of the most famous Prime Ministers of the country Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi being from their communityMuslim majority Kashmir had acceded to the Indian state after the partition only half heartedly many of the Muslim population wanted to go along with Pakistan the Hindu ing wanted to form and independent country and ultimately the state got attached to India only becau After false starting writing a review of this book so many times I somehow get past the anxiety of saying what I wanted to say Say it hereAnd with a simple hope of someone picking up this book and reading it Not because of this review only but because of this review tooThe inheritance of voidThe moment I looked back for the first time to call some place my home A home where I inherited belongings of my father who inherited those from his and was faced with a void Still etched in my memory Of stories that I would have heard from my grandmother if she wouldn t have fled the valley where she toiled hard to raise her five daughters Of photographs that remain just that Snapshots of people who aren t alive any Of places that aren t the same any Of snow that isn t so pristine any And of my search of blood in there that was not shed when I could realize what bloodshed was An year or two I was when we too fled the Heaven on Earth This strikes me as I write it the irony of fleeing heaven Of gathering as much one would for a month long stay away from home After all how impossible it is to realize that you are leaving your home the place of your birth the place that is only is your home is worthy to be called heaven just for that reason Yet this book made me thin of that This book told me of things that my parents don t deem necessary anyLiving within the voidAnd so I gather again the things that I have inherited A lack of home a lack of time with my closed ones a lack of belonging An abundance of anxiety an abundance of rootlessness an abundance of what is not there any It died before I was born It died during my parent s lifetimes We live on I live on How do I miss that which I never felt A place to call my own isn t a place any And so I don t dream of it So I think it is for my parents I guess But they would have witnessed this death in a slow cold manner Days going by lacking of hope Hoping to be greeted by a phone call a welcome home But instead hearing of the house torched The home they lived in is still alive Even if smoldering I get a glimpse a random evening with a story my mother shares when she is in her elementsI cannot imagine their pain And I have stopped trying to To someone who has realized that we are guests here on this planet earth homeland is just another word But what in spite of all futility still I treasure is the glitter in my mother s eyes when she speaks of her home Heaven on Earth is not a geographical place any It just exists in memories photographs and conversations taking place at the funerals of those who lived thereRecent Edit January 192015 marks the 25th anniversary of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley My story is not about the loss of material goods it is about the pain of carrying memories httpwwwthehinducomopinionop ed. Lent ethnic cleansing backed by Islamist militants Hundreds of people were tortured and illed and about 350000 Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes and spend the rest of their lives in exile in their own country Rahul Pandita has written a deeply personal powerful and unforgettable story of history home and lo.
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When I opened the book I already new it would be a sad tale of atrocities A gut wrenching story of broken homesbroken dreamsbroken lives What I did not expect was the heart ache I felt deep insideas I became one with the families whose stories have been told Several times I felt like calling my bhabhi who s a Kashmiri Pandit herself but I stopped myself short I Teaching Machines kept wondering if she too had lost a loved one If she too wanted to forget the exodus If she still felt homeless in our home I don tnow if she has the strength to answer these uestions and I wonder if I have the courage to hear the answersThat s what the book does it makes you realize what the Pandits went through As you read through the story that has been told in simple language you understand the agony and the ignominy of the Pandits who have been forced to become refugees in their own country This is far too emotional a book that I may not write a technical reviewthough everyone should and must read this oneThe only critical point is that the book does not follow a chronological style Which meant that I had to often flip through the pages to go back to ascertain the timeline in the story So it was often difficult to determine the entire timeline leading to the exodus Advice to all readers Read this one It may make you a little human Please Note I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads Program Rahul Pandita narrates a spellbinding tale of the exodus of Hindus from the Indian administered Kashmir Read the complete review here This is a poignant memoir Rahul Pandita grew up Kashmir in the 1990s As his name suggests he is a Kashmiri Pandit In Kashmir Valley Muslims are in majority whereas Hindus constitute a small minority The harsh Indian policies against Muslims have not only alienated them they have made Muslims hostile toward Hindu Pandits They see Hindus as stooges of the Indian Govt The situation turned so bad that since the early 1990s Hindu pandits had to leave Kashmir a place that had been their home for ages All of a sudden their friends and neighbors turned against them Hindu Pandits have become refugees overnight in their own home countryRahul Pandita in his memoir records every tiny detail of what he along with his family went through One could feel his pain and the hardships his family went through It is really painful when friends become foes neighbors become strangers However it would be a folly to think of this as a Hindu Muslim thing It is just that ordinary people when pushed to the wall behave cruellyThis book is also important because the left in India has largely discussed the conflict in the Valley mainly from a Muslim perspective and somehow maintained silence over the Hindu exodus from the Valley In the last decade there were powerful novels that came out from Kashmir which dealt with Indian Army s transgressions and brutalities on innocents civilians in Kashmir This is the only book that has looked at the conflict from the point of view of Hindus and what Muslims have done to its minorities in the regionWhile I strongly sympathize with Pandita s story I still feel that historically Pandits have always been privileged They were a minority but a powerful one Their caste based privileges in Kashmir and elsewhere in India are unuestioned While the exodus was doubtless sad and painful they could still go to other Indian states and assimilate within mainstream Indian society without much fuss However the same cannot be said about Muslims They are largely seen as traitors and they face blatant discrimination Therefore they cannot navigate other Indian states with the similar ease Ironically it is tough for Muslims in Kashmir and tougher in other states of the countryWhat I liked most about the book is about how the Pandita family faced the whole situation I loved reading about Pandita s love for literature and the unusual choices he made as a young man with regard to his education and how finally he made a successful career as a journalist in Delhi It is a pity though that his parents could not go back to the Valley I guess the way I read this memoir and some other books written by Kashmiri Muslims I grapple with the thought that the issue is not about who did what and who suffered the most the issue is that innocent people suffer the most irrespective of their religion Children women the elderly militants soldiers are all affected by war albeit in different waysPoliticians of all ranks exploit such situations Unlike them I do not have to blame ordinary Muslims for the situation of Kashmiri pandits nor do I want to justify the militarization of Kashmir I do not want to take sides What I Borderline Personality Disorder know is that ordinary people suffer and getilled whereas those who can resolve the conflict make sure that the conflict continues The poor continue to bear the brunt of the conflict on their bodies I lie in my bed Turn the last page of the book Gently put it down on the side Infuriated and devastated Immobility seeps in Disillusionment Close my eyes in defiance of the world around me No In hopelessness No In anger Give up Deep breath Reminisce about MY home That mango tree in the backyard because it s summer The weight of raw mangoes is too much for it to bear so it sheds a few in the night and stands tall each morning as if it Professors and Their Politics knows nothing about the bed of green sprawled at its feet Me and my brother eat a few and collect the rest Ma prepares pickle Indelible taste of hot and sweet and sour and spicy Home Smile Open eyes See the darkness of the illuminated world But something is different now A tiny flame sits hidden somewhere but the light it emits gives it away Hope Wrapped in a polythene tucked away safe in my minda little goodbye maybe or just a passing smile In 1985 86 Muslim militants in the valley of Kashmir India systematically initiated their assault on the Religious minority called Kashmiri Pandits which led to an exodus of approx 35 lakh of them from the so called Heaven on earth Kashmir Approx 700 wereilled numerous women were abducted or raped or both Why The religious majority ie Muslims wanted Kashmir to be an independent state or as another theory goes they wanted it to be a part of Pakistan and not India But in either case why would they want to banish a significant minority What harm was it doing Why were the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad Long live Pakistan chanted after India s loss in a cricket match Why were the houses of Pandits pelted with stones on their religious festivals Why were their women made to cover their heads in public Why were slogans like Flee Convert or Die constantly heard from Mosues The list of Why s goes on But the biggest uestion remains that Why the administration slept through the whole episode and even today turn a blind eye towards the welfare of Kashmiri PanditsThis memoir is written by the renown journalist Rahul Pandita whose 14yrs self lay frightened to death in arms of his father on the night of January 19th 1990 in the house that his father had built using his Provident Fund and his wife s jewelry His father who was his Hero could not even whisper words of assurances to his family midst the crescendo of war cries emanating from the mosues surrounding their house and inspite of Border Security Force camp being just on their back side Somehow when dawn illed the dark they took a breath of relief and decided to stay in Kashmir as long as they could because after all it was home But inevitably they had to leave their 22 room house and live a life of refugees in Jammu in abysmal circumstances The birds fly away to the southern sky searching a homea bunch o Rahul Pandita was fourteen years old in 1990 when he was forced to leave his home in Srinagar along with his family who were Kashmiri Pandits the Hindu minority within a Muslim majority Kashmir that was becoming increasingly agitated with the cries of ‘Azadi’ from India The heartbreaking story of Kashmir has so far been.
Aper flowers or a little boy left all aloneCan somebody hear me I m screamin from so far awaymorning who ll calm younow the evening s eclipsed again This untold reality is extremely important because it does not speak of Pandita s family alone or their sufferings which perhaps are minuscule as compared to some of their fellow Pandits but also to a large extent of a bigger picture which ills many fake and forged stories circulated to cover the existing reality and change the history as it happened People can still argue upon authenticity of the voice of Pandita I give them that But how can you refute the fact that families of Kashmiri Pandits did exile Exiled from their homes where their ancestors lived for thousands of years Exiled from their roots Exiled from their friends and families Exiled from their hearts and souls Exiled from trust What saddens me most is not the gut wrenching story of the exodus but the hearts which get cold in the name of religion and humanity becomes just another meaningless wordPandita uotes one of the distressed women living today in a Refugee Camp in the Valley Each day we leave behind something of our identity Yesterday it was the freedom to sing the National Anthem today it is the freedom to wear a bindi tomorrow it could be our faith Well does life get any betterMore yesterday than todayHow I thought the sun would shine tomorrowBut it rained The lines uoted are from the song But It Rained by the band Parikrama This is one of those books which feels awkward to rate How do you rate a person s experience with tortures murders and forced exile When I was little I would sometimes see my mother get this faraway look in her eyes as if she was in a trance I d tug on her arm and ask her what she was loo and an an earlier time when the flowers were not stainedwith blood the moon with blood clots To understand the author s viewpoint Please watch this interview of Rahul Pandita Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita is the truth of the life that Kashmiri Pandits have lived their exile their ancestral history discrimination that has been part of their life since the 14th centuryRahul Pandta has written an insightful and easy to read history of Kashmir Pandits and how with many Muslim rulers since 14th century many Pandits had to convert to Islam How since then Kashmiri Pandits were ridiculed humiliated and till date are subject to the same treatment in Kashmir Just before this book I read Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer and though that book has a different approach towards the story of Kashmir Both these books talk about Kashmir on common grounds and both these books help one understand how not only Kashmiri Pandits have had a tragic life but the Kashmir that once was no longer is The brotherhood the culture that was no longer isI was born three years after my family migrated from their homeland Sopore Kashmir In a way I had lost everything much before I was born I had no cultural heritage no ancestral history that I could be shown no place or antiues of my family I always saw one photograph of our home in Sopore that was a three storey bungalow And then I saw another photograph of that same grand home reduced to a single storey burned down Then as a child I could not understand the graveness of the matter Though I had been told how we had been made to leave Kashmir by Muslims but never the reasons never the humiliation of it all The human tragedy was very less talked about Apparently we have moved on But whenever Kashmir flashes in front of their eyes on tv their eyes and heart are glued to it When they talk about that Kashmir the pain that you hear in their voice of having lost their homeland it will make you helpless as helpless as they were thenI always asked my father one uestion who was the one fighting for us I failed to understand that in a country filled with freedom fighters how come no one raised the issue of the oppression and discrimination Kashmiri Pandits had been subjected to Outside our community was there anyone who raised their voice for us Nobody And there still is no one I love Rahul Pandita s book so not only for the first hand accounts and brilliant narration but for the fact that he has mentioned this fact that nobody fought for us ever There are no grants for research on the Kashmir issue I agree with his point of comparing our sufferings with those of Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz camp the campaign against us by Muslims in Kashmir and Pakistan was much like Hitler s campaign in Germany against JewsBut we only lost our homeland never our humanity And that is the sole reason of our existence We may still be a minority but we continue to live a prosperous life because we did not treat anybody else the way we were treated We did not The Black Arrow of Cant kill Muslims the way theyilled us Because in spite of everything we remembered those Muslim friends who in spite of the insurgence wave did not waver and supported us maybe discreetly but did I was never told to stay away from Muslims ever One of my first best friends was a Muslim Kashmiri girl and my parents loved her as much as they would a Kashmiri PanditBrutal illings of Kashmiri Pandits the struggle of setting up a home in a place much much different in culture language temperature and temperament of people with nothing and as refugees thousands of Kashmiri Pandits shifted to Jammu living in one room Six people living in one room Thousands living in slums who had nothing These stories rather these realities have been told with as much pain as we had suffered themThe details of the raid by Kazakhs from Pakistan in Kashmir in 1947 has been told as a first hand account This raid was the reason why Kashmir joined hands with India and again Rahul Pandita s expression and writing style will move youOverall this book will not only acuaint you with the Kashmiri Muslim and Kashmiri Pandit brotherhood but also the reasons of the struggle of the Pandits because of many other Kashmiri and Pakistani Muslims It will help you understand what happened in Kashmir and if you are a Kashmiri Pandit it will help you understand your struggle and existence This is an excellent book about the Kashmir issue a true book written very well with first hand account of the author himself it makes the book much credible and a very interesting readFor those who want to understand what happened to Kashmir not just the Kashmiri Pandits Curfewed Night will help you understand how even the Indian military created problems for Kashmiri Muslims who were innocent But Our Moon has Blood Clots will make you understand why Indian army had to stay in KashmirCurfewed Night is a good basic book with first hand accounts of a Muslim Kashmiri who faces a world where because of the Kashmir situation he is tagged as a militant if he is a Muslim and who lives a threatened life in Kashmir because of both the militants and the Indian militaryKashmir has been an issue of debate since 1947 Our Moon Has Blood Clots best part is that it talks about the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits not as a happening or a sad tale It talks about it as brutally as it was as that life shattering experience that changed the entire life course of Kashmiri Pandits and as worse an experience as was of the Jews in Nazi Germany It was a heart wrenching book This is the book of the period in which India as a civilization faced existential crisis where it became a sin to be a Hindu and traitors organised a deadly Holocaust Thank you author for bringing to light the suffering of a community that was completely ignored Even now whenever it is mentioned it is to compare it with some other tragedy an. Told through the prism of the brutality of the Indian state and the pro independence demands of separatists But there is another part of the story that has remained unrecorded and buried Our Moon Has Blood Clots is the unspoken chapter in the story of Kashmir in which it was purged of the Kashmiri Pandit community in a vio.
Rahul Pandita is an Indian author and journalist Pandita has worked as a war correspondent and is known for his ample news reporting from the war hit countries like Ira and Sri Lanka However in the recent years his focal point has been the Maoist movement in India's red corridor He has also reported from North Eastern India He has worked with The Hindu Open Magazine among other media orga