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Curfewed Night: a Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir: review

How terrible it is to live in fear! It is a war that hasn’t yet ended, though it has changed shape considerably in the badharat 20 years. He writes about the humiliation of being searched and questioned by the Indian military constantly as people move about.

The stories in the book does not have normal flow. You were asked to remove your clothes, even your underwear.

He had been in a college next to mine. He finished college and became a journalist in Delhi. Basharat starts narrating the story from the memories of his childhood days in Kashmir and history of Kashmir. They are never fully told and never really fought for. Both authors have shared the stories as they saw it. Would we expect the same apathy from the world if similar crimes were committed by Pakistan for instance?

I would have reacted in the same way the Kashmiris are. The security forces are also on the lookout for pro-militant people. Pain and fear and loss and melancholy can shred souls okay but give them a pen a, camera, a voice and see what mountains they cannot move. On the similar lines, the people who have been “brought up” in other states of India might feel reading it a bit awkward.

The author was a teenager when the militancy started in his home state of Kashmir. The book ends in Aprilwith the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabadthe capitals of the Indian- and Pakistani-administered regions of Kashmir.

Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

But five years on, despite occasional gestures from both governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir. Why did the population rise against the Indian state by resorting to arms instead of votes is not really explained.


I talked about my friends form my Delhi University days. But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join the militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics. We had tea and smoked. He says how crossing the border to become a militant was something every curewed youth wanted to do.

After his graduation, Peer takes up a job at a local daily newspaper as a journalist where he learns about the struggling life a fresh journalist out of college by constantly staying on his feet to look out for any kind of breaking story. The book is sensitively written and manages to humanize all sides of the conflict. It was extremely difficult to finish reading it. I would highly recommend this book to all interested in conflict of Kashmir.

It is written more as a chronology of Basharat Peer’s life than as a history of Kashmir. The author has shared an anecdote about his interactions with a young paramilitary officer. He travels back to his home village, and encounters former friends and neighbors, Hindu and Muslim, there and in Srinagar and Jammu.

I get, sort of, what he’s trying to do here, to give us an image of Kashmiris as basically a nation without a state, stuck within the nation-state of India and to take the religious nature of the conflict between Pakistan and India OVER Kashmir off the table.

To conclude, I would say that the book is non-fiction, an auto-biography of sorts. I must applaud the author for picking up a topic so close to his heart and exploring it all that he could and then writing it down. Deeply moving and disturbing stories of all of them- Muslim youths who joined the militancy, dreamed of Azaadi but died young labelled as terrorists; Hindu Pandits who flee the serene valley to the hustling plains, only with a hope of returning back some day; and Kashmiris staring at the gun nozzle from both the sides.

Don’t read and forget. The final chapters bring this great book to an emotional crescendo, with the spotlight on the hapless common Kashmiri. The author’s way of expressing and putting those details in parallel with his growing up was not that kind of absolutely emotional or heartbreaking; instead, he chose a kinda cold, natural way of writing, and let the details, the incidents, be emotional themselves.


Those tales shadowed by death and loss, there are also feats of resilience and fortitude. From blood boiling rage to moistened eyes, from recalling Manto to unearthing some precious childhood memories, this fast and focussed narrative by Basharat Peer made me see it all. View all 5 comments. I can well understand the humiliation because I once had the experience of being stripped naked and searched by the Chilean Immigration as I crossed from the Peruvian border, on suspicion of trafficking in drugs, even though there was no basis at all for it, except for my skin color.

I’m glad I read it.

That alone is remarkable, given that most books on Kashmir, if they’re not geopolitical or conflict-resolutionary, are accounts by Indian and Western journalists or activists. The question is – why not take part in the Indian growth story, and much better why not contribute to it. I hoped that someday the war they were fighting and the reasons for its existence would disappear like footsteps on winter snow.

It lurked on my bookshelf for so long because I used to pick it up, read a few pages, put it down and pick up another book. At first, I wanted him to be more analytical- especially at the end, and give his thoughts on a solution to the situation, etc- but he doesn’t. It goes beyond the political rhetoric that envelopes Kashmir and is the authentic story of a ra Kashmir eludes all. Many young boys crossed the Line of Control that divides Indian Kashmir and the Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and curfeded training and arms from Pakistani terrorist groups.

Feb 09, Arathi Mohan rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m glad that Peer has now chosen to dedicate his life to documenting it and I hope that others in India nighf beyond will follow his example. The Indian army, in response, has fought the rebels and carried out atrocities which, in turn, have further fuelled the rebellion.

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