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In FebruaryBasharat Peer saw a procession moving through his Kashmiri village towards a Sufi shrine.
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The bookish year-old felt a rush of joy as he heard the men chanting for freedom: They were protesting against the killing of Kashmiri demonstrators by Indian soldiers; but they were also calling for the disputed region to be allowed a plebiscite on its own sovereignty, as the UN had once promised.
Although Kashmir is Muslim-dominated, this idyllic land with snow-capped mountains and gorgeous lakes was divided between India and Pakistan in Since then various groups have campaigned — peacefully and violently — for the whole of Kashmir either to join Pakistan or to become an independent state. The Indian army, in response, has fought the rebels and carried out atrocities which, in turn, have further fuelled the rebellion.
Curfewed Night is an exceptional personal account of the conflict.
Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer
Peer has a superb feel for language and incident. But though he was tempted, like one of his cousins, to join the militants, Peer grew increasingly suspicious of their tactics.
In the end they are lucky: A few years later there cjrfewed more luck: He was, according to rumour, betrayed by a jealous rival at work.
After becoming a journalist for an Indian newspaper, Peer reports on other wars far away from home but is inevitably drawn back to Kashmir. The second half of his book records his interviews with victims of the army occupation: Peer is particularly good on how the landscape has been desecrated by the presence ofIndian soldiers.
Another sinister development is the increasing prominence in the conflict of Pakistani-funded radical 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. These groups also often have links with the Taliban. The book ends in Aprilcurfewedd the hopeful resumption of a bus route between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.
But five years on, despite occasional gestures from both governments, freedom is still a distant prospect for the people of Kashmir.
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