Srinagar, March 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a book profiling life of the 125 civilians who were killed by Indian troops and police during the 2010 uprising in the territory has hit the stands.
‘Vaadi-e-Khoonaab’ (Valley of Cheap Blood), a 460-page book has been compiled by Shabbir Ahmed Pirzada, a columnist in a vernacular daily.
In 2010, the Valley witnessed a mass uprising against New Delhi’s rule to which Indian forces responded with brute force killing more than 120 unarmed persons.
The book, which contains date and spot of the victims’ killing besides complete family information, starts with the life history of 17-year-old student Inayatullah Khan of Dalgate, Srinagar, who was killed on January 8, 2010, by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) troopers in Lal Chowk after an attack on their bunker housed in Palladium Cinema.
The book mentions case histories of Wamiq Farooq and Zahid Farooq of Srinagar, the Machil fake encounter victims, Tufail Mattoo, and those killed after June 2010. It concludes with the profile of 68-year-old Mukhtar Ahmad Sheikh of Thokerpora, Handwara, who was killed by Army’s Rashtriya Rifles on October 17, 2010, while he was returning from Bonnasr forests with his cattle.
The book contains two prefaces written by well known columnist and professor of Law in Central University Kashmir, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, and Advocate Mir Assadullah, who once headed Institute of Kashmir Studies, which used to document human rights violations in the territory in early ‘90s.
Describing the book as an important document on Kashmir tragedy, Dr Showkat has criticized Kashmiri historians for avoiding writing on contemporary issues of the Kashmir history.
Published by Kashmir Studies Foundation, the hardbound book also contains photographs of the victims that include six women.
Ahmed Pirzada in a media interview said that the events and the ruthless killing of youth in 2010 motivated him to document the sufferings of the victims. “The main aim was to document the sacrifices rendered by people of Kashmir for the freedom of their homeland,” said Pirzada, who hails from Kupwara district.
He said that the Kashmiris had invested hugely in the freedom movement, but unfortunately they were dependent on outsiders to tell our story. “I have attempted to tell the Kashmir story from the perspective of victims of the conflict rather than the leaders or political pundits,” he added.
“Thousands of books have been written on the Irish conflict which consumed less than five thousands lives while as more than one lakh Kashmiris have been consumed so far in the conflict but we have failed to document the lives of our martyrs,” he said.
Pirzada maintained that interviewing the family members of the victims was the most painful part of the research. “Asking family members to tell something about the life of their loved ones who were brutally snatched from them was like reopening their healed wounds,” he said. “At times I thought of abandoning the project to avoid emotional distress of the victims’ family members. But the importance of the subject forced me to carry forward the work as I thought that it would intimate our posterity about the watershed year in our freedom struggle,” he added.
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