Top critical review
2 stars for a first hand account
27 January 2019
Two stars all for the effort involved in doing an actual travel and braving it out in a "warring zone". Only 30 pages out of the 186 pages of the core text carries travel on the Indian side, maybe it was close to a routine travel where the author didn't face much of an hurdle in getting access, which could be due to he being an Indian citizen or the more considerate Indian security system or a combination of both. The author's assertions reveals his bias for the left leaning ideologies, maybe the JNU trait ?, though he has tried to argue in some point to nudge the reader to believe that this is the narrative of an unbiased academic. The bias shines through particularly in his stridant defence of the JNU sloganeering and refusing to call a spade a spade. Also he invokes sympathy by highlighting the travails if a 5 year kid goes through in India when he was caught in the group which was found in Indian waters by the Bhuj patrol team and doesn't appear to have seen any live example of how the separatists are shepherded from the PoK side. It is a left leaning account and not a work of an academic who can win you over as one who is balanced and doesn't have a leaning... In his case a left idealogue despite his own attempts to state that it is otherwise. Finally the most "non-missable" observation any casual visiter gets to experience/ hear doesn't find mention which is, even in Indian territory the Indian visitor often gets referred to as "you are from India". No matter what the narrative the reader should bear in mind that what is going on in the Kasmir reigion is a proxy war created by the policies of the morally corrupt British sense of "fair play" policies and later augmented by the mechinations of cold war allowing for the elitist generals of army of Pakistan having a vested interest in keeping it festering for them to sustain a role and reason to exist- that clarity is visibly miissing in this narrative, despite the academic credentials of the author.