01 October, 2020

Vale Diction

A voice from the heart of someone who cares and has closely observed the changing scenario, though emotions sometimes overtake facts.

Vale Diction
Humra Quraishi’s Untold Story about the undercurrents of what has happened to the Kashmiri social fabric as a result of the 15-year-long violent ‘struggle’, ‘movement’, ‘militancy’ or whatever description one gives, is undoubtedly a voice from the heart of someone who cares and has closely observed the changing scenario. Written in an easy style, sometimes even casual, emotions sometimes overtake facts. There are glaring errors like Mir Qasim taking over as chief minister after Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed in the 1950s—it was Shamasuddin after the Hazratbal episode in 1964 who was followed by Sadiq and then Qasim in 1971. In fact, at places hyperbole also tends to detract from the gravity of incidents involving well-known human rights violations and acts of excessive use of force by the security forces. This tends to weaken an otherwise strong indictment. Nevertheless, Quraishi has assembled a spectrum of interesting opinions from her extensive travels in the Valley and her obvious access to many of the important players. While some of this makes for amusing...


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