By Ovais Ahmad Dar
Data, books and discourse(s) are the features of the post IT narrative. The production, speed and delivery has increased manifold and changed the whole convention of book publishing. This renders research, originality and critical aspects as major challenges to the post cybernetic reader. In practical terms, the gap between the author and the reader is minimized due to the direct information interface. Essentially, the reader interprets and author helps him/her to come to the level of understanding. Unfortunately, most of the narratives built around Kashmir are colonial in nature and are classically seem like narratives of outsiders. (Tragically sometimes insiders behave like outsiders). However, the book titled, ‘Kashmir: Orphans, Nurture and Challenges’ which I have reviewed accords a full description of a Kashmir centered narrative with non-interfering discourse, which makes the book valuable.
Even though, the book is having some typos -errors at a microscopic level- and in all likelihood, the editor’s fault, but this does not detract from the fact that the book is definitely a wonderful addition to the resistance literature of Kashmir. Its hallmark is intellectual documentation and lucid interpretation along with apt analysis of circumstances surrounding the Kashmir orphan discourses. There is no dread of irrationality, thus its valuable essence is of extreme importance from a critical view point. The literature on orphans, widows and deprived classes on Kashmir is abundant but the book gives a unique outlook and offers analytical affirmation complemented by answers to various questions which may occur in one’s mind when one scrutinizes the book with academic vigour. The book is loaded with meaning beyond orphans and focuses on different possible outcomes, which may help in resolving the Kashmir issue. The, book, laced with statistical data , makes the study not only credible but systematic, logical and scholarly. Since, institutional care of orphans is a priority based work, in Kashmir there is no permanent organized and credible community based support system in place. The author talked, viewed and attempted to solve the problems pertaining to orphan care. Based on this, the book illustrates the issue vividly with a case study of orphans in Kashmir-their deprived childhood along with some recommendations to the state, orphanages and NGOs. In view of the fact that the author is well versed and fully acquainted with child psychology, strategic studies and journalism, he has used the jargon in his writing pertaining to such fields. I extend my best wishes to the author; publisher and I congratulate the entire team over the book.
—The author has a Masters in Psychology (IGNOU) and can be reached at [email protected]