By Nandita Haksar
Nandita Haksar’s magnum opus lines the tortured heritage of Kashmiri nationalism throughout the lives of 2 males: Sampat Prakash, a Kashmiri Pandit and Communist exchange union chief who turned energetic in politics throughout the chilly conflict years, and Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri Muslim who turned lively within the early days of the Kashmir insurgency. the tips and deeds of many different participants and teams are woven into this dual account which attempts to envision how Kashmiri nationalists are stuck within the internet of foreign intrigue, as they negotiate the rivalries among the previous and new superpowers and likewise the competing nationalisms of India and Pakistan, which continuously translate into Hindu-Muslim antagonism.
Both Prakash and Guru refused to renounce the assumption of a extra inclusive Kashmir, with house in it for all faiths and nationalities. Their paths crossed at a juncture of historical past whilst either believed that their imaginative and prescient of Kashmir used to be attainable. yet their dream has been all yet destroyed by means of the forces of historical past, leaving Prakash and his comrades by myself and remoted, and resulting in the hounding and execution of Guru.
This nuanced, multi-layered e-book combines own and public narratives, political research and the infrequent insights of an activist who led the crusade to avoid wasting Mohammad Afzal Guru from the gallows. Singular in scope and concentration, and spanning a interval of over 8 many years, from the Thirties until eventually 2015, this is often an unparalleled exam of the historical past of contemporary Kashmir.