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Our Moon has Blood Clots : The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits (English)

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Casting new insight into the tragic ethnic cleansing of an entire community from their homeland. Pandita wrings out the hardest emotions of a troubled time in a troubled state and creates a powerful expose in his memoir.

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Any Kashmiri born post the 1990s may not know of the cohabitation shared among the Kashmiri pandits and the Muslims or of the true nature of the Pandits who had been exiled. Pandita does much in this memoir to shed light on the true accounts of that troubled time in Kashmiri history and the real nature of the revolution.

Pandita himself was fourteen years old when he and his family were forced out of their home in Srinagar. Though it happened in 1990, the memory is still sharp and unrelenting in Pandita's mind.

It was the Islamic fundamentalists who carried out the purge, but it was not just the militants who steered this unjust cause. There were many families involved in the darkest phase of the Kashmiri story. Pandita doesn’t leave out the brutality of the Indian state, the pleas for independence or the condition of the pandits who finally lost their homes and their identities to a vague stamp of ‘refugee.’ The author also talks about how his cousin brother was killed in this ethnic cleansing.

Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus Of The Kashmiri Pandits moves from testimonies to detailed rituals and even into poetry with glimpses of history as Pandita employs a stirring narrative that is difficult to let go. The brutal cleansing and exilement affected no less than 350,000 Pandits of whom 700 were brutally killed. A deeply intimate story, this book is a must read for anyone willing to learn the truth about the Kashmiri Pandits and their exodus.

A compelling read, Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus Of The Kashmiri Pandits has garnered a lot of attention due to its inflammable content. His sensitivity is the guiding tour de force that raises the quality of this book to a more elevated stature.

About Rahul Pandita

Rahul Pandita is an Indian author and a conflict zone reporter.

He has authored the best selling Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement and co-authored The Absent State.

Pandita was born in Kashmir and he relocated to Delhi with his family of pandits as they were exiled from their homeland. He has extensively reported from conflict zones that include Sri Lanka and Iraq for a number of newspapers and magazines. He was awarded the International Red Cross Award in 2010 for his contributions in the same field. He works as an associate editor with Open Magazine. He currently lives in Gurgaon.

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Publisher Vintage Books||Random House
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9788184000870
ISBN-10 8184000871
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 272 Pages
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Our Moon has blood clots

I should start by saying that our history has huge gaps....I heard about this book on NDTV's program on Kashmiri Pandits and I ordered it in Kindle edition. I could not keep it down until I had finished it because finally I was learning about the plight of the Pandits; raw,as it happened with no efforts at glossing over the harsh reality of this ethnic cleansing in Modern India.
While living in Delhi I was a witness to the trickle of Pandits into Delhi and daily saw their pathetic little wooden kiosks on Yusuf Sarai road in the grime and heat of Delhi.I knew they had to leave their homes ju...
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I should start by saying that our history has huge gaps....I heard about this book on NDTV's program on Kashmiri Pandits and I ordered it in Kindle edition. I could not keep it down until I had finished it because finally I was learning about the plight of the Pandits; raw,as it happened with no efforts at glossing over the harsh reality of this ethnic cleansing in Modern India.
While living in Delhi I was a witness to the trickle of Pandits into Delhi and daily saw their pathetic little wooden kiosks on Yusuf Sarai road in the grime and heat of Delhi.I knew they had to leave their homes ju...
I should start by saying that our history has huge gaps....I heard about this book on NDTV's program on Kashmiri Pandits and I ordered it in Kindle edition. I could not keep it down until I had finished it because finally I was learning about the plight of the Pandits; raw,as it happened with no efforts at glossing over the harsh reality of this ethnic cleansing in Modern India.
While living in Delhi I was a witness to the trickle of Pandits into Delhi and daily saw their pathetic little wooden kiosks on Yusuf Sarai road in the grime and heat of Delhi.I knew they had to leave their homes just as we Punjabis had left ours, first in 1947 and then during the insurgency in Punjab but the full scale of the horror in Kashmir has never been known to ordinary citizens.
Rahul writes clearly,honestly and with no intent to tar the minority community.He tells the story simply as it happened and I hope that the Muslims ( if they ever read it) acknowledge to themselves that hidden in their stories of victimisation (both real and perceived) are the stories of these victims.The brutailty is shocking and the role of Pakistan dastardly.
This is a must read for those tired of the one sided narrative on Kashmir.
By simply talking about a few temples,Rahul brings into focus the centrality of Kashmir to Hinduism. Islam came later and thanks to Pakistan,our governments misguided rhetoric and the incomplete media coverage in the west, many within India also tend to believe that Kashmir is Muslim....Kashmir has Muslims but the land remains the shared ancestral land of Hindus,Buddhists Muslims and Siks.....its not just a piece of real estate that should be handed over to Pakistan simply because the Muslims of the Valley want it so or because our neighbour covets it. Thank you Rahul for this book.

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beautifully written deeply emotional extensively honest.

i was 4 years old when the armed rebellion took place in Kashmir i live next to habba kadal as he mentioned in his book "safakadal" i don't conceptualize much images of the exodus but i remember how militants brutally murdered KP's and how they burn their homes loot their household appliances not only that government buildings bridges schools everything was almost in shambles. there was a large public and administrative disorder .Law did not prevail fear anxiousness and uncertainty was clearly visible with everyone present in kashmir that time .As if the Beelzebub was destro... ()

i was 4 years old when the armed rebellion took place in Kashmir i live next to habba kadal as he mentioned in his book "safakadal" i don't conceptualize much images of the exodus but i remember how militants brutally murdered KP's and how they burn their homes loot their household appliances not only that government buildings bridges schools everything was almost in shambles. there was a large public and administrative disorder .Law did not prevail fear anxiousness and uncertainty was clearly visible with everyone present in kashmir that time .As if the Beelzebub was destro...
i was 4 years old when the armed rebellion took place in Kashmir i live next to habba kadal as he mentioned in his book "safakadal" i don't conceptualize much images of the exodus but i remember how militants brutally murdered KP's and how they burn their homes loot their household appliances not only that government buildings bridges schools everything was almost in shambles. there was a large public and administrative disorder .Law did not prevail fear anxiousness and uncertainty was clearly visible with everyone present in kashmir that time .As if the Beelzebub was destroying the mankind. Rahul Pandita has narrated his story in a very beautiful manner .It took me 22 hours continuously to study the entire book i did not sleep in fact tears roll out of my eyes when after two decades rahul arrived at his own home and went to his own room looking for the "show piece alamri " it was touching... but one thing is there nothing like all are sailing in the same boat every single kashmiri (muslim) is not responsible for the exodus. it is not collective effort of the muslim community to let the pandits live in exile but the pak supported politically motivated and organized plan to make this part territory of PAKISTAN..... as pandits were the intellectual class and very honest civilized and well cultured if they had sustained here and if no rebellion had taken place i believe J&K would have No.1 state of india socially literally economically and politically.... in the end i would like to quote zareef with his painful poetries... wane kas kus tueth dardil yus zan kathe kathe sanhe te waihae kath , maagas kya sath shrawan taapich andre waenij haaras taam sahkel che dejmich aenas aenas meati dejmech pehchan panin , sounte hawawas pyaran pyaran nahkai lusus pout ma feour .. mad tai masti hardas paanas zardi khaetch vozjaras taam.

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A must read

This book is a must read for all the Indians, because it really exposes the lies that the GOI had been projecting to the public on the issue of Kashmir for years. It scares me when I try to put myself in the shoes of the Kashmiri Pandits. If it can happen in Kashmir, it can happen anywhere in India. What if it happens to one of us? That is the thought which really sends shivers down my spine. It is sad to see successive governments not taking toll of the Kashmir situation and trying to come up with a permanent solution. How could they have let all this happen? How can the country indulge in... ()

This book is a must read for all the Indians, because it really exposes the lies that the GOI had been projecting to the public on the issue of Kashmir for years. It scares me when I try to put myself in the shoes of the Kashmiri Pandits. If it can happen in Kashmir, it can happen anywhere in India. What if it happens to one of us? That is the thought which really sends shivers down my spine. It is sad to see successive governments not taking toll of the Kashmir situation and trying to come up with a permanent solution. How could they have let all this happen? How can the country indulge in...
This book is a must read for all the Indians, because it really exposes the lies that the GOI had been projecting to the public on the issue of Kashmir for years. It scares me when I try to put myself in the shoes of the Kashmiri Pandits. If it can happen in Kashmir, it can happen anywhere in India. What if it happens to one of us? That is the thought which really sends shivers down my spine. It is sad to see successive governments not taking toll of the Kashmir situation and trying to come up with a permanent solution. How could they have let all this happen? How can the country indulge in lousy politics so much that we allow neighbouring countries to infilitrate in our own territory, loot our own land and then occupy it for good? Isn't there a little bit of morality and self consciousness left anywhere? Or is it that just being in politics or administration mutates you to into something so appalling that morality and self consciousness are alien concepts. Again I say, it is a must read and probably worth reading over and over again. And I wonder how come no one talks about this book while the lies on Kashmir projected by the Government keep on flying left and right.

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First few pages are so strong that you keep reading

This book is in form of a memoir. Some of the most moving sections of the book deal with his mother's great initial shock at being called a refugee and her consequent compulsive need to tell strangers that her home in Kashmir had 22 rooms.

As someone critical of state excesses in Kashmir and put out by reports of the discovery of unmarked graves and the detention of children, you are not sure you want to pick up Rahul Pandita's Our Moon Has Blood Clots about the exodus of the Pandits from the Kashmir Valley. What was left to say about that story so often held up like a badge of hate by the...
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This book is in form of a memoir. Some of the most moving sections of the book deal with his mother's great initial shock at being called a refugee and her consequent compulsive need to tell strangers that her home in Kashmir had 22 rooms.

As someone critical of state excesses in Kashmir and put out by reports of the discovery of unmarked graves and the detention of children, you are not sure you want to pick up Rahul Pandita's Our Moon Has Blood Clots about the exodus of the Pandits from the Kashmir Valley. What was left to say about that story so often held up like a badge of hate by the...
This book is in form of a memoir. Some of the most moving sections of the book deal with his mother's great initial shock at being called a refugee and her consequent compulsive need to tell strangers that her home in Kashmir had 22 rooms.

As someone critical of state excesses in Kashmir and put out by reports of the discovery of unmarked graves and the detention of children, you are not sure you want to pick up Rahul Pandita's Our Moon Has Blood Clots about the exodus of the Pandits from the Kashmir Valley. What was left to say about that story so often held up like a badge of hate by the Hindutva brigade? Perhaps it was the memory of a visit in the mid-nineties to a crowded Pandit transit camp that made you flip through the first few pages - pages so strong that you keep reading - and arrive at a nuanced understanding of a people in the unenviable position of having been victimised by a more powerful victim.

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Yes, our moon does have blood clots

Rahul Pandita s book is one of the finest exile literature coming out from Kashmiri Pandit Community, its not just his story, its my story and story of each of 7 lakh exiled Kashmiri Pandits. Rahul Pandita has aptly depicited the pain of an exiled community. Read this book to know why 7 Lakh Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out Kashmir, Read this book to know, that it was not first time they were hounded out, read this book to know, why it is often said by our parents" Hum reh nahin rahey theyy seh rahe theyy" . Read this book to know that it was fantaism and barbarism which led to e... ()

Rahul Pandita s book is one of the finest exile literature coming out from Kashmiri Pandit Community, its not just his story, its my story and story of each of 7 lakh exiled Kashmiri Pandits. Rahul Pandita has aptly depicited the pain of an exiled community. Read this book to know why 7 Lakh Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out Kashmir, Read this book to know, that it was not first time they were hounded out, read this book to know, why it is often said by our parents" Hum reh nahin rahey theyy seh rahe theyy" . Read this book to know that it was fantaism and barbarism which led to e...
Rahul Pandita s book is one of the finest exile literature coming out from Kashmiri Pandit Community, its not just his story, its my story and story of each of 7 lakh exiled Kashmiri Pandits. Rahul Pandita has aptly depicited the pain of an exiled community. Read this book to know why 7 Lakh Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out Kashmir, Read this book to know, that it was not first time they were hounded out, read this book to know, why it is often said by our parents" Hum reh nahin rahey theyy seh rahe theyy" . Read this book to know that it was fantaism and barbarism which led to exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and not a dikkat of Jagmohan, read this book to know how myths are broken, and last read this book for the hope and certaintity that "WE WILL RETURN PERMANENTLY"

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