Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters reviewed

Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) organized a function to review Kishalay Bhattacharjee’s book entitled ‘Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters’
Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters reviewed
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Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) organized a function to review Kishalay Bhattacharjee's  book entitled  'Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters'

KCSDS spokesperson in a statement said the book was reviewed and thoroughly discussed by academics, journalists , students  and civil society members. 

Introducing the book, Chairperson KCSDS, Prof. Hameedah Nayeem,  said it was chosen for review and  deliberation out of hundreds of books.  "The contents of the book serve as an endorsement of our stories that we have been telling of the dirty business of security agencies in Kashmir," she said.  

"It is a testimony of the truth of our testimonies which have been routinely dismissed with disdain  by the powers that be and even by Indian citizens as imaginary tales of oppression and victimhood; as they  are fed on  falsified official versions of the ground  reality  in Kashmir vis a vis security  forces  operations , staged  encounters euphemistically called extrajudicial killings which are actually institutionalized murders for money , promotions, chakras  and ranks," Prof Hameedah said. 

"Random killings for personal gain under the guise of national security happens with alarming frequency. The uncertain relationship between legitimate and illegitimate violence is at the heart of state making. The legal sanction of illegality in the name of public order gives rise to check points, encounter killings, human shields, disappearances, and even invisiblising,  disguising or fictionalsing  killings by branding them as militants or Pakistanis," she said. 

 "The author seriously questions the democratic credentials of the state which had to bring at least 12 draconian Acts  in 60 years of its independence to eliminate resistance movements of the citizens and  to provide protection to security personnel against prosecution  for the crimes they have and are committing against citizens. Such Acts are part of the totalitarian fascist regimes and out of place in democracies," she said.  

The three reviewers Ajaz-ul-Haq and Gowher Gilani and Dr Javaid Iqbal presented comprehensive reviews of the book which would be published in the coming days. The reviews were followed by lively and informed discussion.

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