By: Syed Bismillah Geelani Publication: Promilla & Co and Bibliophile South Asia ISBN: 81-85002-70-3 Price: Rs 450 Pages: 234india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 17:26 IST
This book is a rare combination of biography, scholarship and political commitment.
It tells together the stories of Kashmiris living in Delhi trying to pursue their studies, business or professions but inevitably getting caught in the frames of distorted images constructed by the media and the law.
It exposes the complicity of these pillars of democracy in lowering human rights standards in the name of war against terror.
Syed Bismillah Geelani is a writer and columnist.More recently, his column in a widely circulated Malayalam weekly, Free Perss, was hailed as an authentic voice from Kashmir. Bismillah has done his post-graduation in Arabic from Delhi University.
The author weaves his own story about how overnight he lost all his other identities and became the brother of a terrorist when his elder brother, SAR Geelani, was picked up by Delhi Police's Special Cell.
SAR was framed in the Parliament attack case and sentenced to death.
Despite the fact that both the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court acquitted Geelani of the charges, he remained imprisoned by the image of the Kashmiri as terrorist.
The book will be useful to anyone interested in media studies or criminal jurisprudence and to those who have concern for the future of Indian democracy and secularism.