Book Title: Valley of Red Snow: Kashmir Beyond 370
Author: Jitendra Dixit
Published By: Rupa Publications
No. of pages: 272
Valley of Red Snow: Kashmir Beyond 370, authored by eminent Senior Broadcast Journalist – Jitendra Dixit, is a collection of thoughts and an overview of the developments in the Kashmir Valley post the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution.
The story of Kashmir has been told time and again by various people. Since Independence, many things have changed and taken a new form, but politically, the fate of Jammu & Kashmir was always a point of discussion.
On August 5, 2019, Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which gave Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) special status, was abolished. J&K became a union territory. Historically, Article 370 was included in the Constitution of India on October 17, 1949. Jammu & Kashmir was exempted from the Indian Constitution (except Article 1 and Article 370 only). This allowed Jammu and Kashmir to draft their own constitution and restricted the legislative powers of Parliament with respect to Jammu and Kashmir.
In this context, abolishing Article 370 is considered a historic step, but the question arises as to why Jammu & Kashmir was given special status from other states of India under Article 370 and Article 35A.
The recent Bollywood movie – The Kashmir Files has gained a lot of momentum, and man sections of the people in the country have shown their solidarity towards the killed people back in the early 1990s. Similarly, more awareness of the informative issues on the Kashmir side has been read and understood by most young people through books, articles, podcasts, stand-up shows, and news channels.
As said, everything happens for a reason, this book by Jitendra Dixit, who, by his experience as a journalist, understands more about the situation at a ground level, bringing out this book is almost a boon. More such books must be read to understand the reality.
Valley of Red Snow is divided into sixteen chapters and three main sections. The first section gives an outlook on the 2014 elections, the Pulwama attack, and related incidents. Section two has chapters related to the abrogation of Article 370, Bifurcation of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, the role of BJP and RSS, URI incident, unfortunate and dreadful incidents in the valley, stone pelting, politics and etc.
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The next section is about the new vision, fate of Kashmiri Pandits, governance, education, and development. It is a known fact that there is a nominal 40% decline in the Kashmiri Youth’s participation in political rallies and other radical processions.
The language and facts stated in the book are informative and educating. As commented by the ace film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, this book is an attempt to objectively narrate the changes in Kashmir through extensive ground reports.
Pick it if
- You like to read non-fiction books on politics and country
- You want to explore more about J&K after article 370