A book Kashmir: Exposing the Myth behind the Narrative, authored by writer and former civil servant Khalid Bashir Ahmad has been published and will be available at leading book stores here from Monday.
The 412-page paperback is priced at Rs. 595. The book has been published by SAGE Publication, an international publishing house. The overseas print of the book is scheduled for launch in August next.
"The scope of the book extends from prehistoric Kashmir right to the present times by using available Palaeolithic evidence as well as ancient texts. For the contemporary period, the book also relies on interviews of witnesses and an extensive archive of journalistic writing and reportage," the author said.
"The book interrogates a historiography that has gone almost unchallenged, and thus also similarly interrogates a community narrative, how it has been perpetuated, and also explores contradictions and their sources within that narrative. It links history to the present and facilitates an understanding of the situation today," he said.
"Divided into 9 chapters (excluding prologue and epilogue), the book focuses on different elements of the narrative like aborigine theory, destruction of temples, prolonged persecution, forced migration and demand for a separate homeland. The highlight of the book is its objectivity, cross-referencing and thoroughness in research. Supported by over 1200 references and notes, it exposes many fallacies used to uphold the narrative and dissects the work of historians that has sustained a historical perception over a long period of time," he added.