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Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir Paperback – 30 Sep 2017
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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 best-selling 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. Rahul 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 Fall 2014, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). Rahul’s last job was as Editor (Opinion and Special Stories) of the national English daily, The Hindu.
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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.
WE MUST KILL THOSE PAKISTANIS THOSE WHO DISTROYED OUR LAND. THIS IS NOT MERELY A BOOK ITS REAL STORY OF DISASTRUS FALL OF KASHMIRI PANDITS AND FAILURE POLICIES OF THAT TIME GOVT. WHILE READING THIS BOOK SO MANY TIMES YOU WILL CRY AND COULD NOT STOP YOURSELF FROM HATING FOR PAKISTAN. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS IS THE ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR LOOSING POK AND KASHMIR.
The book itself was very sincere in its topic.. one can feel the pain and helplessness of kashmiri pandita while reading the book..On many instances I really cried. This book is more of a memoir, the author expresses his feelings, agony, depression and anger through his work. (Though if you want more exact and full story I would recommend you to read other books alongside this book as this book is mainly personal memories and much is left for the reader to know about this issue even after reader finishes the book).
What is a home ? A place where we belong. And if it is snatched from us what will be left? Nothing. A gaping void.
Heart wrenching book. I feel broken.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ to the book.
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