By Mannan Bukhari
Reviewed by Farzana Mumtaz
- Paperback:298 pages
- Publisher:Partridge India (28 July 2015)
- Product Dimensions:7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
Kashmir Scars of Pellet Gun by Mannan Bukhari is an awesome book on the plight of the pellet victims of pain hit valley of Kashmir and has been appreciated by one and all .
As Amazon writes – “Kashmir – Scars of Pellet Gun, compiled and written by Mannan Bukhari, is about the horror caused by the use of Pellet Gun in Kashmir. After the worldwide acrimony over the high number of fatalities during protests in 2008, 2009, and 2010, pellet gun was introduced in Kashmir as a “nonlethal” alternative to bullets. But though the government introduced it as a nonlethal alternative to minimize the damage to life, however, it failed to produce the desired results and proved deadly at many times, leading to deaths and fatal injuries. This new weapon not only killed people but affected the physical as well as the psychological persona of the victims in such a manner so as to make them and their families suffer for the whole life. This volume deals with the pain and pangs of the victims and its overall impact on their families and the society in general.
Amazon adds – “The significance of this book “Kashmir Scars of Pellet Gun”, lies in collection and collating of data acquired through RTI, medical practitioner’s experiences and observations on pellet caused injuries and fatalities, stories of some of the survivors, accounts of family members and others that recalls real life happenings as they unfold and their aftermath.”
Pertinently, the book offers heart wrenching details on the overall trauma faced by the victims of notorious pellet gun as it has totally ruined their worlds. The loss of eyesight has entailed that the victims have unfortunately lost the meaning of life and the book has showcased this reality very aptly .
The book has also in a very detailed manner shown that how since past many years pellet gun horror has struck the nook and corner of Kashmir and has thus made a very dreaded impact on the psyche of Kashmiris. Though authorities may claim pellet gun as the non lethal weapon but as the book clearly describes this weapon more lethal than anything.
The book scars of pellet gun by Mannan Bukhari offers a complete package on this burning issue of pellet gun as it has taken into account all the microscopic and macroscopic details into account. Painful accounts, Statistics, aftermath all the needed details and above all what other authors from time to time have written over this issue have found a place in the book.
The book scars of Pellet Guns is definitely a must read book especially for those who have keen urge and aptitude towards human rights issues.
X Ray Image showing multiple pellets in different body parts of victims who became target of pellets fired upon them by the government forces in Kashmir Valley have also been efficiently used by the author.
This must read book is easily available . Apart from local book sellers, the book Kashmir Scars of Pellet Guncan also be purchased online from Amazon, Flipkart and Ebay. (