Book Review | Until My Freedom Has Come


Editor: Sanjay Kak

New writing that chronicles the explosive developments in Kashmir?s fight for justice The essays cover a broad range issues concerning Kashmir ?Here is a book that rips through the falsehoods and false noise that has deepened the silence about Kashmir. It shows moral courage and intellectual integrity. Here, finally, Kashmiris tell their own stories, analyse their own situation and dream their own dreams. And they do it bravely and beautifully.??

The Book: Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir In the troubled history of contemporary Kashmir, the summer of 2010will be remembered as a watershed. Protests against the ?encounter?killings of civilians turned into an unprecedented display of courage, asa new generation took to the streets, their only weapons the stones intheir hands.

It has been called Kashmir?s Intifada, marking a paradigmshift from armed militancy to mass rebellion. Significantly, this was alsoaccompanied by a remarkable explosion in the writing on Kashmir, in anew language of ideas that bypasses the old and parochial ways in whichKashmir has been seen and understood. The pieces in this volume voice the rage and helplessness sweepingthrough the Valley, while also offering rare insights into the lives of thosecaught in the crossfire. With contributions from journalists, academics and artists, Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir is atimely collection of some of the most exciting writing that has recentlyemerged from within Kashmir, and about it.

About the Editor: Sanjay Kak Sanjay Kak is a documentary film-maker whose work includes Jashn-e-Azadi (How We Celebrate Freedom, 2007), a feature-length film aboutKashmir. He is based in New Delhi. QUOTES ?Bludgeoned into isolation, while the world looked away, and then shroudedby deliberate misinformation, Kashmir has struggled to make itself heard;the very human aspirations of Kashmiris for dignity and strength and theirgreat pain and anguish have been consistently mis


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