Srinagar, March 30, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the books on Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail by India on February 9 this year, are selling like hot cakes in the territory. The demand for the books is increasing with each passing day but are not easily available in the major bookshop in the territory.
Sameer Altaf, 23, talking to newsmen said that he rushed to a popular bookstore the other day shortly after it opened but he was told that all the books on Mohammad Afzal Guru had been sold out. “A helpless Kashmiri has been hanged. I want a book on him to know why,” he added.
Bookstore owners in Srinagar are also reporting a surge in sale of books on Afzal Guru. Hilal Ahmad, proprietor of a news agency, said that books on Afzal Guru were flying off the shelves and that he had ordered for a bigger supply. “We had received only 20 copies of Arundhati Roy’s latest book. All copies were sold in two days. These days almost every person who visits our shop asks for Arundhati Roy’s and Nandita Haksar’s books on Afzal,” Hilal said.
Imtiyaz Wani, manager at another bookstore, said, “We had received more than 30 copies of ‘The Hanging of Afzal Guru’ around a week ago and only two copies are left.”
Ambreen Aalia, a student at the Kashmir University, said that the limited copies of Arundhati Roy’s book had prompted many to shop online. “I went to almost all bookstores in the city but couldn’t find the latest book on Afzal Guru by Arundhati Roy. I couldn’t wait and therefore I ordered it online,” she said. “I have read the book reviews and I am eagerly waiting to read an Indian perspective about Afzal’s case. It may broaden my understanding of politics, justice and law,” Aalia added.
Political commentator and writer, Dr Javed Iqbal said, “I am not surprised that bookstores are receiving huge demands for these books. I visualize Arundhati Roy and Nandita Haksar as highly patriotic Indians intensely concerned about the image of the country they belong to.”
‘The Hanging of Afzal Guru’, a collection of essays by Arundhati and others was released earlier this month. The second book ‘Framing Geelani, Hanging Afzal: Patriotism in the time of Terror’ by Nandita Haksar, a former lawyer of Afzal Guru, is however yet to hit the Valley stores. It was first published in 2007.
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