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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.
Summary Of The Book
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.
Our Moon has blood clots
23 Jan, 2013
beautifully written deeply emotional extensively honest.
4 Dec, 2013
A must read
Dakshinamurty N V
1 Apr, 2013
First few pages are so strong that you keep reading
29 Jan, 2013
Great and brave book...all Indians must read it to understand the plight of KPs
5 Mar, 2013
Yes, our moon does have blood clots
25 Jan, 2013
Our moon has blood clots.... Must Read....... Must Read
28 Apr, 2013
4 Jun, 2013
26 Jan, 2013
Very good book
24 Aug, 2013