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Read "Curfewed Night" by Basharat Peer available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get RS. off your first download. Basharat Peer was a teenager. Basharat Peer‟s Curfewed Night published in , is written in the . Similarly in Curfewed Night Peer brings in Kashmir‟s history where the reader is. *[Download] Curfewed Night: One Kashmiri Journalist's Frontline Account of Life, Love, and War in His Homeland EPub-PDF Book by Basharat Peer.

In Kashmir, resistance literature has evolved in the recent years in the similar way as existing in other national and cosmopolitan states of the world.

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Such literature is turning out rich in the valley in both regional and International languages though contributing to the Indian English literature. The work is the representation of the Kashmir valley, its culture and custom, trade and tradition, economy and commerce, life and death, pupil and people, situation and circumstance etc. It reveals the anxiety of the natives, and their unfortunate halt due to ubiquitous disturbance. Curfewed Night is all about the youth of Kashmir who resist the hegemonic powers of Indian security forces.

The forces have been dominating the people and depriving them of their rights. Such hegemony has given rise to the agonizing circumstances and created awareness among people to raise their voice against grotesque treatment of troops. The atmosphere of grief, terror, threat, misery, anguish etc caused to Kashmiris is well described through the narrative. The brutal torture caused both by security forces, paramilitary and militants have put natives on shocking brink.

At present more than six lakh of Indian troops are scattered for the protection and safety of the people in the valley; but inhabitants never feel secured rather experience threat from such protectors. The breathless narrative of the author estimates that more than 70, lives have been lost, and about 8, have been disappeared since the inception of the conflict in to the present Chaterjee The profuse blood-shed has taken place in the valley that destroyed everything and dispossessed its inhabitants of everything like beauty, smile, talent, charm, genre, future, employment, trade, identity, etc though turned this so called Paradise into Hell.

It has been so because the excesses of forces have been so extreme that it compelled civilians to follow the wrong path of picking gun and ammunition, and later in most cases these civilians have been labelled as terrorists.

The people of Kashmir felt that their personal identity and social character have been at stake due to the extreme tortures of forces, so they preferred notorious way to defend atrocities and to get rid of such clout.

The author feels traumatized by the gruesome state of affairs; and the threat that had been always haunting people about something unfavourable may take place at any unfortunate time.

Thus agitated atmosphere erupted all over, and augmented restlessness among the people that they will encounter some violence or hostility. The fact behind any violence is that youth have been seen busy in rebellious activities, such as protest, stone-pelting, raising voices, showing aggression to security forces, usage of abusive and rough arguments, slogans, graffiti etc.

The two nations Indo-Pakistan have been playing with the sentiments of the Kashmiri people. It is like a football which is kicked off from pole to post by these two nations for their personal benefits.

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Military checkpoints were everywhere, and humiliation and abuse from the Indian security forces towards the Kashmiri residents was part of daily life. Many parents, including Peer's, sent their sons away to finish their education far away from the valley. But in Delhi, as a student and then a reporter, Peer's thoughts were never far from Kashmir.

And finally he returned to the valley, no longer the naive year-old but a reporter aware of all those unwritten books of the Kashmir experience. One of the great achievements of Curfewed Night is its seamless mingling of memoir and reportage.

It is the book of Basharat's Peer experiences, yes, but those experiences include returning to Kashmir and seeking out the stories of others affected by the conflict. It is a formidable challenge to tell the stories of Kashmir's suffering without numbing the readers' senses, and that Peer is able to do so is testament to his gifts and sensitivity as a writer.

The chapter "Papa-2" discusses the notorious torture centre of that name which was eventually shut down and turned into the residence of a high-ranking government official. Curfewed Night is filled with many such finely judged details, which quietly detonate on the page. One of the most moving moments in this very moving book tells of Peer's inability to visit Kunan Poshpura, the village where Indian soldiers gang-raped 20 women in He sits at a bus-stop waiting for the bus to take him to Kunan Poshpura, but when it arrives he just goes on sitting, listening to the sound of the revving engine, and watching the bus drive away.

The security forces are also on the lookout for pro-militant people.

The author admits that he was fascinated by the militants and would have joined but for his father and maternal grandfather. Ghulam Ahmad Peer had great respect for knowledge, loved books and inculcated the habit of reading in the author.

Men liken him help maintain sanity in a world full of hatred and violence. The author was sent off to study in Aligarh and eventually became a reporter in Delhi. But he would go back to Kashmir, write this book and then leave again.

The author has vividly portrayed the sufferings of the common Kashmiris. They have to undergo humiliating military checks every now and then. Some members of the security forces overstep their limits and indulge in torturing innocent people.

Some of the victims die while others are left scarred for life.

They live in fear of the security forces as well as the militants. There are some opportunists who send others to death but keep their own children safe. Some individuals keep changing sides when it suits them.

One cannot help but sympathize with the innocent Kashmiris.

How terrible it is to live in fear! I have one criticism for the lack of a better word of the book. Since the book is about Kashmir, the author should have also elaborated more on the massacre of the Kashmiri Pandits and the violence meted out to pro-Indian Muslims.

But, the author should have talked about the brutalities inflicted on these people which made them refugees in their own state. They ended up in slum-like places in Jammu or some moved to other places in India.

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The book is good, but it would have been great if talked about the perspective of the security forces also.He showed signs of relaxation and turned towards me. That way you can have a significant positive impact on the lives of the people who care about or claim to care about.

Another sinister development is the increasing prominence in the conflict of Pakistani-funded militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed , which carry out suicide attacks in Kashmir, India and even in Pakistan itself against Sufi and Shia mosques.

The author feels traumatized by the gruesome state of affairs; and the threat that had been always haunting people about something unfavourable may take place at any unfortunate time.

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