The Half Widow

The Half Widow (Paperback)

By Shafi Ahmad 
Publisher: Power Publishers
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9789382070429
No. of Pages: 231
Publish Date: 2012-1-1
Binding: Paperback
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In late eighties situation in Kashmir takes a violent turn. The situation has been brewing up for some time with disgruntled youth showing anger towards the local government on one side and the union government on other side. In early nineties the violence erupts at a larger scale and youth are lured to the arms training across the line of control between India and Pakistan. First exfiltration takes place and after some time infiltration from across is followed with large scale ammunition being brought into the state particularly the valley.What follows is the armed conflict between youth and the armed forces. The common Kashmiris are caught between the cross fire. The brunt is taken by the local population who reside in the atmosphere of fear. A free for all starts which results in large scale violence, killings, abductions and all that.Many arrested or abducted are subjected to enforced disappearance. Unofficial estimates put the number at eight thousand. There are many whose sons, brothers, husbands and dear ones do not return . The women whose husbands are subjected to enforced disappearance are not able to cope up with the new development as they cant comprehend whether their loved ones are dead or alive. A new word is coined for such ladies whose husbands do not return, neither any information about their death or life is passed on. Such women are known as Half widows.The struggle for whereabouts of these missing persons continues.The wait does not end!
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Title: The Half Widow
Publisher: Power Publishers
Author: Shafi Ahmad
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9789382070429
No. of Pages: 231
Publish Date: 2012-1-1
Binding: Paperback

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By Irfan Tramboo, 2013-04-21 00:00:00.0

Shafi Ahmad's The Half Widow is an important addition to the handful of historical fiction novels that have portrayed the troublesome lives, in recent times, of the residents in the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Ever since Kipling's notable novels, "Kim" and "The Man Who Would be King," readers have been fascinated with this region located high up in the Himalayan mountain range. Most would be looking forward to more novels set in that romantic vale. However, the romanticism soon ends when one reads about, and watches on TV, the heart wrenching problems faced by the people of J&K state. This novel begins, much like in the opening scene of a movie, showing a woman scrubbing pots and pans in a kitchen late at night. Her son questions the reason for their move from the village to the city, where the life is so different and the family she works for takes their dinner so late. The novel proceeds to depict the plight of the half-widows [women whose husband have disappeared and cannot be traced. [Recently, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) reported that there are between 2,000 - 2,500 half-widows in the Kashmir valley]. Half-Widow is highly recommended..


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