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Selective Memory, Collective Amnesia

In her review of my book Our Moon Has Blood Clots in the 27 April issue of the Economic & Political Weekly (“A Moon of Many Shades”, Vol 48, No 17), Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal makes some errors of fact and misrepresents my argument, which I would like to rectify.

I begin with her view of the night of 19 January 1990 – the night when hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim majority assembled in mosques all across Kashmir and shouted anti-India and anti-Pandit slogans: “Kashmir mein agar rehna hoga, Allah ho Akbar kehna hoga” (If you wish to live in Kashmir you’ll have to say Allah ho Akbar); “La sharqiya, la garbiya, Islamiya, Islamiya” (No eastern, no western, only Islam, only Islam); “Yahan kya chalega, Nizam-e-Mustafa” (What will work here? The rule of the Prophet [of Islam]).

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