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A lived story of the Kashmiri Pandits

Rahul Pandita has produced a notable addition to the literature on Jammu & Kashmir, one that sheds light on an under-explored facet of the state's history

The tragic story of modern day Kashmir has always symbolised different things to different audiences. For the liberals and the left-inclined, Kashmir is about the ill treatment of a vulnerable Muslim populace and unenlightened repression by a militarised state. For conservatives and the right, especially for those tinged with Hindutva ideals, Kashmir is entirely about Pakistani cross-border meddling and the ethnic cleansing of the Pandit community from the Kashmir valley. In this polarised debate - with the Kashmiri Pandits neglected by the liberals because the Hindu right adopted them - ...